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Entre Nous 

Between Us 2007 

Editor: Jessica Casto 

Art Director: 

Assistant Editor: 

Assistant Art Director: 


Nick Holdbrooks 

Elizabeth Hunt 

Austin Richardson 

Sean Flynt, Donovan Harris, and 

Caroline Summers 

Section Editors: Kimberly Holland, Melissa Poole, Cathy 
Reisenwitz, Amy Grace Robertson, 
Marissa Taylor and Susan Neal Williams 

Editorial Contributors: 

Haley Aaron, Britney Almaguer, Caroline Bell, Rachel Bennett, 

Matt Campbell, Jessica Casto, Megan Christians, Kelley Cotten, 
Shelby Crowe, Allyson Dewell, Jonathan Flowers, Jessica Garner, 

Melissa Gibson, Jena Hippensteel, Kimberly Holland, Elizabeth 
Hunt, Taylor Marie Kardoes, Rachael Lamb, Katie Lantz, Danielle 
McDonald, Whitney O'Steen, Melissa Poole, Ryan Posniak, Emily 
Sparks, Ashlyn Stallings, Lauren Steele, Bennett Sumner, Marissa 

Taylor, Nathan Troost, Andrew Westover, Brian Willett, Brooke 

Williams, Susan Neal Williams 

and Maegan Wilson 

Photo Contributors: 

Emily Aiken, Jessica Casto, Andrew Childers, Becky Ellenberger, 

Jonathan Haas, Nick Holdbrooks, Kimerly Holland, Jon Londeen, 

Bob Miller, Austin Richardson, Leah Shell, Emily Sparks, Lindsey 

Vaughn, and Maegan Wilson 

Illustration Contributors: 
Donovan Harris and Austin Richardson 

Special Thanks: 

Andrew Westmoreland, Michael Morgan, Philip Poole, Jay Elmore, Ann Wade 
Parrish, The Samford Crimson, AP Worldwide and Zap Photography. 

The staff of Entre Nous seeks to provide documentation of a year 

in the life of the Samford Community. To us this means more than 

recounting events. We seek to capture the impressions the year left on 

students, faculty, staff and administration by moving beyond the events 

themselves to the way they affected and shaped us. 

Samford University is an Equal Opportunity Institution and welcomes 

applications for employment and educational programs from all 
individuals regardless of race, color, sex, age, disability or national or 

ethic origin. 

4 Editor's Pictures 6 Contributor Pictures 8 Letters from the Editors 9 Westmoreland's "First Thoughts' 



Aspire 10 

12 Connections 

14 Welcome Back 

16 Dorm Life 

18 Weekend Events 

20 1 [omecoming 

22 Homecoming Court 

24 Miss Samford 

26 Beeson Ball 

28 Lighting of the Way 

30 Step Sing 

36 Spring Fling 

38 Study Abroad 

40 Plays 

46 Noises Off 

48 Compam 

50 Reflexions 

52 Crawfish Boil 

Reveal 54 

56 Year in Re\ iew 

58 Westmoreland's First Address 

60 Inauguration Week 

62 Beth Twitty 

64 Exposed Magazine 

66 Construction on Campus 

68 Christian on Campus 

70 Bubble Pop 

72 Bush in Hoover 

74 War in Iraq 

76 First Woman Speaker 

78 Hollywood 

80 World Cup 

Pledge 82 

84 Greek Weekend 

86 PHC7 IFC Feature 

88 Parsons' Feature 

90 Rush Diary 

94 Why I Didn't Rush 

96 Strong Opinions 

98 Parties of the Year 

104 Alpha Delta Pi 

106 Alpha Kappa Alpha 

108 Alpha Omicron Pi 

110 Chi Omega 

112 Delta Sigma Theta 

114 Phi Mu 

116 Zeta Tau Alpha 

118 Lambda Chi Alpha 

120 Pi Kappa Phi 

122 Sigma Chi 

124 Sigma Nu 

126 Sigma Phi Epsilon 

Compete 128 Connect 178 

130 Red Sea 

132 Cheerleaders 

134 Football 

138 Coach Sullivan 

140 Volleyball 

142 Cross Country 

144 Track 

146 Women's Soccer 

148 Men's Soccer 

150 Men's Basketball 

154 Women's Basketball 

158 Baseball 

162 Softball 

166 Men's Golf 

168 Women's Golf 

170 Men's Tennis 

172 Women's Tennis 

174 Intramurals 

180 Band & Color Guard 

182 Dance Ensemble 

184 A Cappella Choir 

186 SGA 

188 Mock Trial 

190 Alpha Lambda Delta 

192 Omicron Delta Kappa 

194 Student Recruitment Team 

196 University Ministries 

198 Habitat for Humanity 

200 Gamma Sigma Sigma 

202 The Samford Crimson 

204 ROTC 

206 Global Women 

207 International Club 

208 Delta Omicron 

209 Black Heritage 

210 Swing Kids 

211 FCA 

212 College Democrats 

213 College Republicans 

Begin 214 

216 Senior Photos 


Art Director 

Jessica Casto 

Nick Holdbrooks 

Assistant Editor 

Assistant Art Director 

Elizabeth Hunt 

Austin Richardson 

Section Editors 

Cathy Reisenwitz 

Amy Grace Robertson 

Not Pictured: 

Marissa Taylor 

Susan Neal Williams 


Haley Aaron 

Megan Christians 

Shelby Crowe 

Jessica Garner Taylor Marie Kardoes 

Katie Lantz 





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Emily Sparks 

Ashlyn Stallmgs 

Lauren Steele 

Brooke Williams 

Maegan Williams 

Contributing Photographers 

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Becky Ellenberger 

Bob Miller 

Not pictured: 

Writers: Britney Almaguer, Caroline Bell, Rachel Bennett, Matt Campbell, Allyson Dewell, 
Jonathan Flowers, Melissa Gibson, Jena Hippensteel, Rachael Lamb, Danielle McDonald, 
Whitney O'Steen, Ryan Posniak, Bennett Sumner, and Brian Willett 
Photographers: Emily Aiken. Andrew Childers, Jonathan Haas, Kimerly Holland, Jon 

Londeen, Leah Shell, and Lindsey Vaughn. 

Letters from 
the Editors 

Entre Nous-French for "between ^"-de- 
scribes exactly what this book is; a collection of 
events and memories from the past year here at 
Samford University, in the bubble, in our com- 
munity, shared between us, the new freshmen, 
the graduating seniors, Ms. Dot, Dr. Westmore- 
land, and every single student and faculty and 
staff member who represents Samford. 

Whether this year marked the beginning or 
the end of your time here, Samford has some- 
how touched us all. From endless nights of 
studying to endless nights of Step Sing practices, 
we will all take away memories from this college 
experience that we'll never forget. My hope is 
that this yearbook will be your creative guide 
through "memory lane" now and in years to 

As for me, I've always been somewhat of a 
"scrapbooker," collecting photos, designing deco- 
rative pages with paper and stickers. However, 
this 200-and-forty-something page book was 
quite a challenge. So many people worked so 
hard to create this book and make sure 2007 was 
represented as we lived it and will remember it. I 
couldn't have done it without my amazing staff 
members and will never forget what I've learned 
from this experience. 

Good luck to everyone in your future endeav- 
ors. Reminisce and enjoy! 

"I'd like to thank everybody for their hard 
work this year, especially in working out the 
remaining kinks in the transition process from 
magazine to book. The project really picked up 
some steam and definite direction, and the two 
people who were the most responsible for it are 
running the show for next year! I'm eager to see 
this new tradition evolve in the coming years, 
and I hope it continues to bring together 
students from the Arts and Journalism schools." 

Nick Holdbrooks 

For me the 2006-2007 school year was one of 
the hardest, filled with more stress and struggle 
than any year before it. However it was also one 
that proved to be the most memorable. From 
almost losing a brotherhood, to changing majors 
in my third year, I've learned so much. Working 
on this book will allow me to never forget my 
most memorable year here at Samford Universi- 
ty and I hope all the long hours of hard work I've 
put into this book of memories will help you do 
the same. 

Austin Richardson 

Jessica Casto 


Dr. Westmoreland's 
"First Thoughts" 

When Dr. Andrew Westmoreland became Samford's eighteenth presi- 
dent he began a series of monthly e-mail messages called "First Thoughts." 
These messages not only updated the Samford community on the current 
happenings around campus, but also gave us a look into Dr. Westmore- 
land's thoughts as he progressed through his first year. To summarize what 
this year has meant to many people, we thought it would be appropriate 
to include Dr. Westmoreland's "First Thoughts" from the month of May. 

With the end of another academic year at Samford, I give thanks. . . 

Thanks for our mentor and friend, Ron Jenkins, for being a tower of 
strength... thanks for those who have given of their talents to enrich our 
lives through the arts and athletics... thanks to those who have stopped 
me to say hello and to offer a word of encouragement... thanks for 
the thousands of hours of service given to meet the needs of those outside 
these gates. . . thanks to the members of our faculty who push for higher 
standards and then find the ways to help their students meet those stan- 
dards. . . thanks to the members of our staff for selfless service. . . thanks 
to parents for paying the bills and for providing encouragement seven or 
eight times each day via cell phone conversations. . . thanks to Alabama 
Baptists and thousands of other friends for loving and sustaining us in 
the work of this place. . . thanks to our trustees for leading by example. . . 
thanks to those who build our new facilities and to those who keep clean 
our not-so-new facilities. . . thanks for not hitting me in the head with 
a Frisbee as I walk across the quad. . . thanks to those who prepared and 
served the thousands of great meals in the caf... thanks for understanding 
that my inbox is always overflowing... thanks to the Greek students who 
are helping to transform lives at McElwain and elsewhere... thanks to the 
hundreds of students who have worked in churches and accomplished 
mission projects... thanks to every employee for practicing good stew- 
ardship of the resources entrusted to us... thanks for making my entire 
family feel at home this year... thanks for comforting those friends and 
colleagues who lost family members . . . thanks for your patience with the 
construction... thanks for using the library... thanks for the sacrifice of 
time and resources made by so many to accomplish the dream of a degree 
and the horizon of expanded opportunities... thanks for reflecting the face 
of Christ on March 30 and on other days throughout the year. . . thanks for 
asking hard questions. . . thanks for demanding that we improve. . . thanks 
for your civility. . . thanks for the bling. . . thanks for the hundreds of items 
that wouldn't fit into this rambling e-mail message. . . thanks for memories 
that will last a lifetime. 

Finish strong. 

Andy Westmoreland 

So much of college life is made up 

of activities and memories right on 

campus. Whether it is smiling faces 

at Welcome Back or the excitement 

during Step Sing ; the organizations, 

events and people here at Samford 

reflect our aspirations every day. 

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Making the Connection 

by Maegan Wilson 
Photo: Maegan Wilson 
Spread: Austin Richardson 

The verb connect is defined as "to join" or "to link" and is 
synonymous with words such as tie, unite, bond, relate and 
associate. Entering freshmen have experienced these actions 
for years now through Samford's Connections program. The 
real question is whether or not freshmen actually connected 
during this hectic, crazy nonstop and quite random four-day 
period in 2006. 

Despite what the common Samfordite may think, the 
Connections process actually begins in the fall semester with 
the selection of the orientation leaders. This group of three 
guys and three girls is not only in charge of leading summer 

orientations, but also helps select the Connections leaders 
as well. They then help train the new leaders at the end of 
the spring semester and before the freshman arrive. During 
Connections, the orientation leaders' main job is to make 
sure everything runs smoothly while the Connections leaders 
guide the freshmen. 

This year, the phenomenal group of six orientation leaders 
included junior nursing major Laura Durchsprung, junior 
communication studies major Suzanne Goddard, senior 
psychology major Grant McDaniel, junior accounting major 
Ryan Mclntire, junior business major Hunter Pew and junior 
communication studies major Sara Beth Turner. 

The Connections buzz picked up later in the spring semes- 
ter when Connections leader applications were distributed. 
There were various interest meetings where potential leaders 


were addressed by Student Activities and Leadership Educa- 
tion Director Jennifer Dunn Hall. She explained the applica- 
tion process and everything that is required and expected of a 
Connections leader. After submitting an application, each po- 
tential Connections leader interviewed with two orientation 
leaders. About 300 students applied and interviewed in 2006, 
and only 40 guy-girl pairs were selected along with alternates. 

"Every applicant is usually qualified and would do the job 
very well. Therefore, the process is tedious and difficult," 
said Turner. 

Goddard also described the characteristics of an ideal Con- 
nections leader. "Leaders are picked based on their ability to 
lead others, their desire to serve new students, their demon- 
stration of personal integrity and other important things like 
their attractiveness, favorite colors and whether or not they 
can cook a descent dessert!" 

What is it about Connections that draws so much inter- 
est^ A hodgepodge of reasons exists. "I wanted to be a Con- 
nections leader because I didn't want to work back at home," 
said Pew. 

Durchsprung said, "Orientation and Connections meant 
so much to me because I felt as if people accepted me and 
wanted me to be here. I know there were probably some new 
students just like me, and being able to be there for them and 
tell them that it was going to be OK was my priority." 

After the 40 pairs were selected, the training began. The 
most intense and fun-filled days of training were the four 
days before the freshmen moved onto campus. The days 
were full of getting to know yourself, the other leaders, your 
partner and the ins and outs of Samford through games, 
challenges, interactive lessons and spending hours at a time 
in Divinity North 302. Training got long at times, but it was 
pertinent in getting ready to guide the freshmen. 

Move-in day was perhaps one of the biggest and most 
important events during the Connections process. "It's our 
first interaction with the freshman and first impressions can 
mean the world to someone," Pew said. Along with doing the 
heavy lifting, the leaders are there to reassure parents. One of 
the many new additions to the 2006 Connections program 
included the Samford Family Welcome in the Wright Center 
after the new students were moved in. 

The infamous and highly awkward yet entertaining Play- 
fair was one of the other first day events. Freshman religion 
major Katey Lackey thoroughly enjoyed the spandex-filled 
evening. "Playfair reminded me that all of the freshmen were 
in the same situation as me. It was really cool to meet so 
many people at once and not be intimidated the whole time," 
she said. 

The second day was filled with more group meetings and 
an address by Chief Judge of U.S. District Court of North 
Alabama U.W Clemon and Assistant Professor of history Dr. 
Jonathan Bass on race in Birmingham. Another new addition 

to Connections was the freshmen 80s throwback dance 
that took place that night. 

On the third afternoon, a simulation called "Life Comes at 
You Fast!" took place. This event was new to orientation for 
both Connections leaders and new students alike. "It simu- 
lated a college campus, and students went to different booths 
that portrayed certain college situations. They set goals and 
tried to reach them during two 20 minute semesters," Durch- 
sprung said. 

Some of the booths included the library fraternities, 
sororities, Sonic and a "High School Musical" aerobics class. 
Students could even lose points and were distracted from 
getting points by miscellaneous tasks handed out by the 
Connections leaders and the scandalously short shorts of the 
water gun-shooting campus safety officer. The orientation 
leaders wanted to introduce Samford to the new students in 
a creative way and give them a hands-on experience through 
goal setting, time management and involvement. 

"There were moments in training when Suzanne and I, 
who taught the simulation to the leaders, had no idea how it 
was going to work. We had an overwhelmingly positive re- 
sponse to the simulation. I was so thankful we took the risk," 
Turner said. The simulation was followed by girls and guys 
night out and the viewing of "Hook" at the historic Alabama 

The final day of Connections began with the presenta- 
tion of the Class of 2010 up Centennial Walkway. This was 
followed by a worship service in Reid Chapel. The highlight 
of the afternoon was ice cream with the President. The new 
students and leaders were bussed in shifts to Dr. Westmore 
land's house to enjoy some sweet food, some sweet karaoke 
and self-led tours around his sweet pad. 

Despite all the fun, some incoming freshmen choose not 
to participate in all the activities Connections has to offer. 
"It is an overwhelming and fast-paced experience, and many 
students don't come to appreciate it until much later in their 
freshman year, but regardless, Connections is a crucial part of 
Samford life, and it does make a difference," Goddard said. 

The goal of Connections is to get new students adapted 
to college life specifically at Samford and to ease some of the 
stress and confusion in a fun way. "My Connections experi- 
ence was very helpful," said Lackey. "I know my friends at 
state schools have really struggled to get involved. Connec- 
tions helped me become familiar with the Birmingham area 
and I learned about Samford and some of the great things it 
has to offer. I really benefited from the whole process." 

Welcome Back 

by Melissa Poole 
Photo: Bob Miller 
Spread: Austin Hichardosn 

Every Samford student knows that when they return to 800 Lake- 
shore Drive on that late August day, there will be many activities waiting 
to welcome them back. Everyone looks forward to dinner on the dirt, the 
Sloss Furnaces dance, fun in the Caf and all that goes along with Welcome 
Back. This year was no different. 

Welcome Back 2006 kicked off with the traditional dinner on the dirt. 
The Wes Loper Band serenaded students while they enjoyed country fixins 
such as chicken tenders, green beans, mashed potatoes and Samford favor- 
ite, Milo's sweet tea. "We wanted students to feel at home and comfort- 
able with a good Alabama country feel," said sophomore Payden George, 
Welcome Back 2006 co-chair. 

Dinner on the dirt is one of the most popular Samford SGA activities 
all year. "We always have a great turnout for this event," said SGA Vice 
President for Activities, senior Blake Eckert. "Students love coming to this 
event to spend a couple of hours catching up with their friends." 

Dinner on the Dirt is not the only Samford tradition associated with 
Welcome Back. Students look forward each year to the dance at Sloss 
Furnaces. After last year's Sloss cancellation (due to the approaching hurri- 
cane), many students were extremely ready for the tradition to be brought 
back to Samford. "We worked especially hard to find a band that was going 
to rock. We wanted students to feel like this was the best Sloss they had 
ever attended," said senior Lauren Herb, SGA Student Activities Council 
Administrator. The SGA certainly accomplished that goad as students 
danced and rocked to the sounds of Fly By Radio. 

Welcome Back 2006 also brought back the Alabama Adventure day. 
Absent from Samford events for several years, many students headed 
out to the once Visionland to experience the new and improved Alabama 
Adventures. Students received discounted tickets and were pumped to be 
a part of the park, which opened exclusively to Samford for an evening of 
fun. "We felt like Alabama Adventures would be a great way for people to 
tap into their fun inner-child," said Welcome Back 2006 co-chair, sopho- 
more Lee Ross. 

Whether it was asking the question: "how was your summer^" at 
Dinner on the Dirt, getting down at Sloss Furnaces or enjoying the rides 
at Alabama Adventure, Welcome Back 2006 was a way to jump back into 
school with guns blazing. 



Dorm Life 

by Taylor Marie Kardoes 
Photos: Bob Miller 
Spread: Austin Richardson 

Pittman, Smith, and Vail will always have a place in the hearts of 
Samford students. Dorm life plays a huge role in freshman life. Students 
learn to adjust to living with another person, sharing a hall bathroom with 
twenty-some other people, struggling to find parking or trek up the moun- 
tain from overflow constant noise and people, and an internet connection 
that rarely works. Despite these hardships, students almost always look 
back on freshman year in the dorms with fond memories. They remem- 
ber carrying groceries up the hill with friends or driving around listening 
to the radio for twenty minutes before finding a coveted parking spot on 
the strip. Girls remember making CDs for the radios in the bathroom and 
color coordinating their rooms. Guys remember late night Halo and San 
Andreas tournaments and finally giving in and learning to wash their own 
laundry sometime in mid-October. Freshmen remember the friendships 
made living in these tight corridors. They look back on finding friends for 
late night trips to the student center for wireless internet because a paper 
must be submitted before midnight and the internet in the dorms won't 
work no matter how many times you click the little icon. An error message 
continues to pop up saying "This page could not be found. Please check 
your connection and try again." 

Freshmen remember flag football games and brother-sister hall socials. 
Boys remember piling into one room to watch the big game together. Girls 
remember hall dinners, movie nights in the movie room, and trips to a 
pumpkin patch to pick out pumpkins to celebrate Halloween. Dorm life 
doesn't end with freshman year. 

While the convenience of living in Central campus is sometimes 
missed by sophomore students who have moved over to Beeson Woods, 
sharing showers is not. 

Unlike in Vail, where the only inequality stems from some girls getting 
corner rooms, the quality and size of the rooms in Beeson Woods vary 
much from building to building. You start with Evergreen, where four girls 
share one bathroom and no common room. To make up for it, on at least 
one floor the rooms were designed for three people so they are huge. 

Then you have, next on the ladder of luxury, the boys' dorms, like 
Treetop and James. They probably started out nice, but years of abuse 
from rowdy college boys has left them worse-for-wear. Then you've got 
your dorms that used to be boys dorms that have been converted to girls 
dwellings. Attempts to refurbish have been made by Samford, but they 
still bear the scars of abuse, like holes in wooden doors fixed with putty. 
Lastly, you have the nice dorms, like Ethel and Orlean. These are for kids 
with personal connections or who are of junior or senior status. 

But wherever you end up in Beeson Woods, they are pretty good digs, 
and you can't beat the treed, stone bridged, peaceful walk over there. 


Packing or staying? 

by Lauren Steele 

Photo: Becky Ellenberger 

Spread: Nick Holdbrooks and Austin Richardson 

"Where you going this weekends I'm going 
to Knoxville, and you? I'm headed to Auburn to 
see some friends." You have probably heard this 
many times in your Samford career. Notorious 
for being a suitcase school, some Samford stu- 
dents thrive on getting away on the weekends 
and seeking venues elsewhere. Whether it is go- 
ing home to relax from a busy week of classes or 
going to a state school to see friends and have a 
good time, a majority of Samford students enjoy 
leaving Birmingham for a weekend getaway. 

Students that are from the Birmingham or 
Tuscaloosa area said it was convenient to go 
home to do laundry or homework versus staying 
in the dorms the entire weekend. On the other 
hand, there are big weekends like Homecoming 
and Welcome Back where students tend to stay 
on campus and enjoy the events. There are also 
Samford students who do have jobs and other 
various activities that they attend over the week- 
ends such as a philanthropy event or a social 
gathering. But the bottom line is this: Samford 
has continuously been referred to as a suitcase 
school, but there is a change emerging in which 
students actually enjoy staying in Birmingham 
and having a good time here. 

After inquiring several students, I got some 
feedback on what they would consider a fun 
weekend in Birmingham. Journalism and Mass 
Communication mapr Caroline Bell said, T 
have a routine that I like to go by when I am in 
*WT Birmingham on the weekends and it goes like 
this: I make a trip to O'Carrs every Saturday 
morning and if the weather is nice, I like to run 
the trail in Mountain Brook that afternoon. I 
also really enjoy going to Cool Beans and grab- 
bing a cup of coffee with my friends." Several 
other students said they enjoyed simply going 
to a movie with their friends or their significant 
others and grabbing a bite to eat beforehand. So 
then I asked the question, "What is your favorite 
restaurant to go to on the weekends?-" Out of all 
the students I inquired, many of them said they 
enjoyed going to Formaggio's, which is a pizza 


joint in the downtown area of Birmingham that 
is open twenty four hours and has free karaoke 
every night. Other restaurants that competed 
for student's favorites were Cheesecake Factory, 
Mellow Mushroom and Rojo. 

When asking students what their favorite 
place was to go on the weekends, many said 
that they enjoyed going to Nashville and Atlanta 
because they had more to offer and specifi- 
cally more concerts. Junior Geography major 
Blake Gilbert reflected on his past three years 
at Samford and said, "I frequently visit Atlanta 
because they have all kinds of shows that I 
enjoy like Perpetual Groove and John Butler 
Trio." Other students responded that they love 
to go to the beach on the weekends in the early 
fall and spring simply because it is so close. "I 
love to go to my beach house in Destin on the 
weekends because it is so relaxing and is an easy 
escape from the bufy life I lead at school," Junior 
Management major Blake Bowen said. Overall, 
whether you attend a state school or a private 
school like Samford, students everywhere enjoy 
a weekend excursion. 

However, there are fun places to go in town. 
For exampleffTve Points is a popular location 
for Samford students on the weekends because 
it has much to offer including everything from 
clubs and bars to delicious restaurants. Samford 
may be a suitcase college for many; but not for 
everyone. Where will you go this weekend? You 
may actually decide to stay in Birmingham and 
enjoy the nightlife as well as seek out the many 
opportunities the city has to offer. 


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Coming Home 

by Elizabeth Hunt 

Photos: Emily Aiken, Lindsay Vaughn 

Spread: Austin Richardson 

Homecoming! Literally, it is a welcom- 
ing home to those from Samford University's 
past, present and future who come together to 
celebrate on a beautiful, familiar campus. Full of 
various activities, reunions and banquets, this 
year's Homecoming marked the 140th in Sam- 
ford University's history. 

The week began on Thursday, October 19 
with Samford students donning their western 
attire. To complement the theme, a mechanical 
bull was placed in the cafeteria. Both students 
and faculty members tried their luck against the 
electrical beast. Later that evening, Samford Uni- 
versity was privileged to host Juan Hernandez 
for the Davis Lecture held in the Wright Center 
Concert Hall. Hernandez, founder of the Center 
for U.S. -Mexico Studies at the University of 
Texas at Dallas, lectured on "The New Ameri- 
can Pioneers: Why Are We Afraid of Mexican 
Immigrants^" Following the Davis Lecture, the 
Student Activities Council sponsored a movie on 
the quad. This year, students took a break from 
studying and enjoyed the humorous classic 
The Sandlot. 

Dressing in blue and red or Samford apparel, 
Friday was appropriately deemed Spirit Day. Fri- 
day night also offered many different events for 
the Samford community to attend. There was 
the decades-old, traditional alumni Homecoming 
Banquet which took place in the Wright Center 
Concert Hall. Outside the Wright center was the 
Homecoming Bash, complete with live music 
from Soul Cry, a bonfire and a pep rally which 
included the Samford cheerleaders, the march- 
ing band and the 2006 Homecoming Court. The 
Homecoming Bash ended on a high note with a 
fantastic firework display. 

After the firework show, many students 
traveled across the street to watch the women's 
soccer team beat Eastern Illinois University in an 
exciting overtime. 

While this year marked the 140th year for 
Samford University to celebrate a Homecoming 
weekend, it was Dr. Andrew Westmoreland's 
first as the school's new president. Following 

the hot-air balloon rides on the quad, Andy Jeanna and Filey Westmore- 
land led as the grand marshals of the Homecoming parade. Following the 
Westmorelands in the parade were various floats decorated by the Greeks, 
the marching band, the cheerleaders and the reigning Miss Alabama, 
Melinda Toole '06. Following the parade, the quad was full of reunion tents 
and food for alumni and friends. Highlights of the Homecoming Festival 
included "Meet the Westmorelands" in the Samford Alumni Association 
tent, the Birmingham-based jazz group Tekneek and Samford's own 
gospel choir. 

At 2 p.m., Samford played a fierce match against Tennessee-Martin 
in Seibert Stadium. Again, Saturday night offered different events and 
dinners for specific graduating classes and the much anticipated opening 
of O'Henry's in Samford's food court. Accompanying the fresh coffee of 
O'Henry's, there were desserts and a concert by Florez in Harry's. 

After an exciting weekend full of reunions, sporting events and cel- 
ebrating, the Homecoming festivities ended Sunday with a Samford Family 
Worship Service in A. Gerow Hodges Chapel. The guest speaker was Frank 
Lewis '81 who is the senior pastor of First Baptist Church in Nashville, 
Tennessee. Following the service, brunch was served in the Beeson Uni- 
versity dining hall, and there was no better way to end the weekend than 
watching the women's soccer team beat Southeast Missouri State. 

ABOVE: Several freshmen girls enjoy their first Samford Homecoming 

experience at the bonfire pep rally. 

RIGHT: A little kerosene gets the bonfire roaring. 






Homecoming Court 

by Elizabeth Hunt 
Photos: Jonathan Haas 
Spread: Austin Richardson 

Homecoming festivities would not be com- 
plete without the traditional homecoming court. 
At Samford, the homecoming court is made up 
of a boy and girl representative from the fresh- 
man, sophomore and junior class. The senior 
class, however, is represented by three boys 
and three girls from the class. Those particular 
students who have the privilege of forming the 
homecoming court were nominated, along with 
other peers, and finally voted upon by their 
respective classmates. 

The first time the 2006 Homecoming Court 
was announced was at the bonfire on Friday 
night. Accompanied by the band, cheerleaders 
and football captains, the homecoming court 
was introduced to the spirited crowd. The next 
appearance by the homecoming court was 
Saturday morning in the parade when each 
couple waved cheerfully at the Samford fans as 
they rode in the back of a convertible. Finally, 
during half time of the Samford football game, 

the homecoming court took their places before 
the excited crowd who was anticipating the an- 
nouncement of Homecoming King and Queen. 

Selected by the Samford student body, 2006's 
Homecoming King and Queen were D.J. Carter 
and Christina Knox. The other Homecoming 
court representatives were: 

Freshman Class: 

Grace Moon and Oliver Jones 

Sophomore Class: 

Rebecca Beatty and Andrew Dick 

Junior Class: 

Ellen Donze and John Ryan Colvin 

Senior Class: 

Mary Kathryn Covert, Candis Gardner, 

Robby Stone, and Bill Anderson 

Homecoming King and Queen: 

D.J. Carter and Christina Knox 



by Brooke Williams. Jessica Garner 
Photos: Nick Holdbrooks 
Spread: Austin Richardson 

On Friday November 10, 2006. the Wright 
Center filled with music from a live jazz band 
as people gathered to watch nine contestants 
compete for the title of Miss Samford. 

"This was my first time to attend the Miss 
Samford Pageant. I was impressed by how well 
the pageant was conducted and by the amount 
of diverse talent these girls displayed," said Grace 
Stephens, sophomore JMC major. 

The evening was kicked off by emcees Ricky 
Thrash, a senior from Hogansville, Ga., and Miss 
Alabama 2006 Melinda Toole. 

This year, the contestants competed in the 
categories of lifestyle and fitness, casual wear, 
talent, evening wear and on-stage questions. In 
addition to these categories, each girl partici- 
pated in a private ten-minute interview with the 
judges prior to the pageant. 

Payden George, a sophomore psychology 
major, won first place in the lifestyle and fit- 
ness category. Danielle McNeal. a freshman 
pre-dental major, won the title of Miss Con- 
geniality, and Jimmi Lynn Dixon, a freshman 
nursing major, was awarded the title of Spirit 
of Samford. Jessica Terry, a sophomore piano 
performance major, placed first in the talent por- 
tion of the competition for her performance of 
Rachmaninoff's Tolichinelle." 

Lee Ross, a sophomore who assisted with the 
pageant's production, said. "In the beginning, 
during the rehearsals, nothing was together, but 
when the performance came, everybody knew 
exactly what they were doing, and it all ran 

The theme of this year's pageant was "All 
That Jazz." To help promote this theme, a live 
jazz band performed throughout the evening. 
Emily Goette, a co-director of this years' pag- 
eant, said, "One of my favorite parts was watch- 
ing the guy escorts dance to a jazz song with 
the contestants." She also added, "They were so 
much fun to see dancing, and they really did a 
great job." 

Awards and honors were handed out to the 
students who worked so hard to produce the 
pageant. The Miss Samford pageant is the only 
Miss America preliminary in Alabama that is 
entirely produced by students. 

This year's pageant co-directors were Emily 
Goette, a junior business management ma- 
jor, and Nikki Chapman, a junior elementary 
education major. The co-directors will also help 
coordinate special appearances and speeches that 
Miss Samford will make during the upcoming 

As the evening drew to a close, the audi- 
ence waited in anticipation as the winners were 
announced. Second runner-up was Amanda 
Tapley. a freshman music major from Birming- 
ham, Ala. First runner-up was Payden George, 
a sophomore psychology major from Centre, 
Ala. Next came the moment everyone had been 
waiting for as Jessica Terry was crowned Miss 
Samford 2006. 

As Miss Samford, Terry will spend the next 
year promoting her philanthropic platform called 
"Musical Endeavors," which helps bring music to 
children with special needs. Terry is a native of 
Birmingham and has competed in ten pageants 
over the years, which made her the most experi- 
enced contestant. 

ABOVE: Westmoreland congratulates Jessica Terry on her 
Miss Samford victory. 



Beeson Woods proves they can party 

by Jessica Casto 
Photo: KaseyCole 
Spread: Austin Richardson 

Every fall, the residents of east campus get together and 
plan a fun night of dancing, food and fellowship for what is 
better known as the Beeson Ball. 

This year, Samford students and their dates enjoyed a 
complimentary night of dancing and refreshments at the 
Vulcan Park ballroom on Saturday, November 1 1 . 

The Beeson Ball is designed to give Beeson Woods' resi- 
dents a chance to get dressed up in ball gowns and suits and 
mingle with one another. Every student who lives in Beeson 
Woods is invited and can bring along a guest. 

"I was a little nervous about planning the whole event," 
said Residence Life Educator Kasey Cole, "but the RA's really 
stepped up and did all the work. They were great and we 
couldn't have done it without them." 

To raise awareness about the upcoming dance, posters go 
up all over Beeson Woods with the names, faces and a few 
facts about the people for whom the buildings in Beeson are 
named. The dance also serves to commemorate the people 
who made Beeson Woods possible. 

For this year's 3 rd annual ball, Feel the Beat Entertainment 
provided the DJ who played some awesome tunes for the 
exciting dance floor. Every guest said they had a great time. 

"The ball was really successful," said Cole. "I think we had 
about 300 students there and it was really fun." 

The Beeson Ball is not the only event put on by the east 
campus P\A staff. In the spring, Beeson Woods hosted the Big 
Phat Spring Social in-between the Lucile and Dwight build- 
ings. However, the activities had to be moved inside the Rosa 
building due to rain. 

Students enjoyed hamburgers, hotdogs, music and inflat- 
able games before the week of finals as a way to relax before 
the big week. 

"We had the inflatable sumo wrestling set up which was 
fun to watch and a Tie Your RA' contest," said Cole. 

All the students agreed the event was really fun and a 
great way to de-stress before finals. 




BALL 2006 





Christmas on Campus 

by Katie Lantz 

Photo: Nick Holdbrooks 

Spread: Austin Richardson 

"Do you see what I see 1 ?-" Although this is 
a familiar line from the Christmas song, "Do 
you hear what I hear^" it is the question that 
everyone asks when the paths of the quad are 
illuminated with candles at the annual Student 
Government Association, Lighting of the Way 
ceremony. For one night, Samford's campus is 
transformed into a "winter wonderland" as stu- 
dents, faculty and guests gather on Centennial 
Walk and wait for the Christmas tree to be lit to 
officially welcome in the Christmas season. 

"Lighting of the Way is one of my favorite 
Samford traditions," Cassie Applegate, a junior 
education major, said. "Being so far away from 
home, I miss out on my family's Christmas 
preparations. It brings the giving Christmas 
spirit on campus." 

As warm hot cocoa was sipped to keep warm, 
the University Ministries choir sang familiar car- 
ols to warm the spirit. Then Dr. Westmoreland, 
with his Bible in hand, read the Christmas story 
from Luke. 

"And the angel said to them, 'Fear not, for 
behold, I bring you good news of a great joy that 
will be for all people. For unto you is born this 

the Lord.' "(Luke 2:10-11 ESV) 

As Westmoreland closed his Bible, the tree 
sparkled with hundreds of lights. 

Pictures with friends were taken while many 

Hanging of the Green. 

This old English tradition has been per- 
formed at Samford for the past 26-years. Univer- 
sity Ministries, School of Performing Arts and 

12-senior honorees perform the 

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symbolic ceremony. 


"The senior honorees are nominated by campus organiza- 
tions, faculty and staff. They are selected for their Christian 
discipleship, leadership, scholarship, service and overall con- 
tribution to Samford University," April Robinson. Minister to 
Students, Campus and Community Involvement, said. 

The senior honorees included: Candis Garner, Chris 
McCaghren, David Bailey, Steven Bonham, Taylor Clement. 
Amberleigh Kirk, Katie Lantz, John Parkhurst, Andy Searles, 
Amanda Spikes, Erin Stewart, John Andrew Wesley and Jen- 
nifer Wilmore. 

The ceremony began as the University Chorale, conducted 
by Sharon Lawhon and accompanied by Lynda Little, entered 
the chapel singing, "Come Thou Long-Expected Jesus." The 
senior honorees followed, each carrying a poinsettia that is 
given in honor or in memory of a group or individual in the 
Samford family. 

After Lynsday Cogdill, President of University Ministries, 
offered the invocation, Garner and McCaghren guided the 

rest of the ceremony. The ceremony consisted of six parts: 
The Advent Wreath, The Wreaths and Garlands, The Holly 
and the Ivy, The Candles, The Chrismon Tree and The Light. 
In between, the Bells of Buchanan played, conducted by Bill 
Strickland, while the University Chorale performed carols. 

"Each part helped to tell the Christmas story," Garner, a 
senior education major said. "I was amazed by how much 
meaning existed behind the everyday Christmas decorations." 

To end the ceremony, each of the 12 seniors, representing 
the 12 disciples, passed candlelight, from the Hope candle to 
the rest of the congregation, to represent the hope of Christ. 

Robinson said, "As the senior honorees recessed from the 
chapel, they represented the Light of the World being taken 
to our world. Each of us is challenged to bear witness of that 
Light as well." 

Senior business major, Kim Matthews said, "It was neat 
to see the candlelight on the quad and the candlelight in Reid 
chapel as visual reminders to the Light of Christ within us." 


Rolling Out the Red Carpet 

The Winners 

Story and Spread: Austin Richardson 

Photos: Nick Holdbrooks and Becky Ellenberger 

Dudes-A-Plenty took the sweepstakes award for the second time in three years as well as audi- 
ence favorite awards for best overall and best music. Zeta Tau Alpha women's sorority took first 
runner-up and won the award for best choreography, while men's fraternity Sigma Chi won for best 
costumes., Independent Ladies, took second runner-up and Alpha Omicron Pi women's sorority was 
recognized for best philanthropic support towards this years charity Birmingham AIDS Outreach. 



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8 Pi Kappa Phi 

9 Dance Ensemble 


10 Phi Mu 

11 University Ministries 

12 Independent Ladiesv 


Spring Fling Returns to the Stage 

by Lauren Steele 

Photos and Spread: Austin Richardson 

What do tasty wings, Trotline and tenacious 
bands all have in common? They were all activi- 
ties incorporated into Samford's 2007 Spring 
Fling. In the past, participation has lacked, leav- 
ing SGA feeling concerned about how to change 
events so Samford students will get involved and 
enjoy the opportunities presented to them. 

A branch of SGA called the Student Activi- 
ties Council plans spring Fling, doing everything 
from the paperwork to renting out facilities to 
planning each event. The Spring Fling also had 
two mam programmers from within SAC, Ally- 
son Dewell and Lee Ross. They specifically came 
up with the events for each day while other SAC 
members helped them along in their process as 
they delegated work such as getting the PR out 
for an event. 

After weeks of stressful nights and getting 
things together, Thursday, April 27 rolled around 
and the beautiful day set the stage for things to 
come. As students traditionally gathered around 
the fountain at lunchtime, they started to notice 
an unusual smell. After they looked around, 
they saw the delicious hot wings being put to- 
gether on plates and ready to serve to students. 
All of a sudden, a huge line formed as students 
eagerly waited for their special lunch that day. 
Students who chose to eat wings also received 
a Spring Fling cup that included all the other 
scheduled events for the weekend. 

Junior Geography major C.G. Covey said, "I 
was really excited and surprised about having 
something to eat other than the cafeteria food 
on a random Thursday afternoon: the wings 
were awesome and it was neat to get a cup with 
your wings as well." 

Wing Fling was an instant hit which helped 
get the word out for the band on Friday night, 
the infamous Trotline. As the school week came 
to a close, people got their weekend plans to- 
gether and rounded up friends to go see Trotline 
perform at Ben Brown Plaza. Trotline played the 
night away and covered several famous country 
songs while students enjoyed standing around 
the fountain and listening to the music. 

Saturday was filled with activities, including huge inflatables set up in 
the quad for all of the afternoon. Everyone joined in the fun and enjoyed 
their "play day" along with several kids and their families within the 
Homewood community. After all the students left the quad, the Spring 
Fling committee cleaned up and got ready for the big annual event, the 
Battle of the Bands, which was located on the football field this year. 

Battle of the Bands was a competition between several Samford 
student bands and has been a major hit in the past. All the students lined 
up and watched several bands perform while others simply listened to the 
music from their rooms because the sound carried to many of the dorms 
on campus. After all the bands performed, the winners were announced 
and Bobby Smith's band won the overall competition. The relaxed atmo- 
sphere at the event ended the weekend on a great note and proved for one 
of the greatest turnouts ever for Samford's Spring Fling. 

Fun was had by all, whether one was enjoying hot wings before a long 
day of class or simply acting like a kid again while playing games on a 
relaxing Saturday afternoon. It was definitely a memorable weekend and 
has set the stage for Spring Fling's to come. 


Climbing the inflatable rock wall was one of many things students could attempt. 


Studying Abroad: Defining Who I Am 

by Kimberly Holland 
Photo: Kimberly Holland 
Spread: Austin Richardson 

After hugging my mother goodbye, handing 
her my cell phone and passing through security, 
I sat down in the plastic chairs of Huntsville's 
airport, took a deep breath and said to myself, 
"Well, here you go." I was on my way to London, 
to live and learn for three-and-a-half months 
with Samford's study abroad programs. 

Two weeks before my departure, I was leav- 
ing the summer camp where I had spent eleven 
weeks working with girls and young women 
when my mother called to say there might be 
a problem with my flights to London. British 
police had arrested 8 men in connection with al- 


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leged plots to blow up airliners in route to the United States from Britain. 
It was turning the U.S./U.K. routes to chaos. 

My heart sank. I had been convincing myself for weeks that 1 was 
capable of leaving behind my family, my friends and my support in order 
to travel 4,000 miles across the Atlantic Ocean to live, to grow up and to 
define myself. I found myself in awe of people who were able to give up 
months to travel to a country where they couldn't speak the language and 
had no support of any sort. Here I was worried about living in an English- 
speaking country, surrounded by 22 individuals who knew me, where 1 
came from and what I was doing. 

I still remember flying over the island country, looking down and see- 
ing the small towns and the rolling green countryside. That little country 
ended up making the greatest impact on me and defining who I am more 
than I ever imagined. 

Reality hits 

On the Friday after we arrived, I closed the door to my room, number 
1 1, sat down in my chair and looked around. Home. My home. This was 
it. A room that took 9 steps to cross in length and 4 in width, a house that 
was slightly younger than the country 1 had just left and a neighborhood 
who had more celebrities and millionaires than I'll ever meet in my life. 

The next weekend, a group of us took off on our first trip outside 
London. We decided on England's Lake District, home to Beatrix Potter 
and some of the most beautiful landscape. We messed up our train tickets. 
A group of seven ended up on three separate trains, and our stop was in a 
city 30 km from our hostel. I wanted to go home. 

On my way to Germany a few weeks later, the airline 1 was traveling 
with dropped me off in Switzerland and said they weren't taking us any 
further. Five hours by train from my destination. I set out by myself to get 
to my friends in Munich. 1 arrived at midnight, just as the city was shut- 
ting down. The taxi drivers didn't speak English, and I didn't 
speak German. 

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mess tip just about everything and be confident enough to fix it. 

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While in London I interned with Liberal Democrat News, the official 
newspaper of the Liberal Democrats, Britain's third largest political party. 
I passed Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament every single day 
on my way to my internship. 

1 often had to walk two blocks away to get to work when the police 
had the entire area blocked off for protestors or parades. On the opening 
day of Parliament. I walked through a sea of police, over 200, who were 
preventing a crowd of only 15 from getting out of hand. 

Free papers are a blossoming phenomenon in London, or at least they 
were during our stay. A variety of free tabloid-style newspapers were re- 
leased, and distributors stood on every street corner pressing the paper into 
hands of people passing by. They handed me a paper with the image of a 
dying President George W Bush under which ran the subtitle, "George W 
Bush 1946 - Tonight." Filmmakers were releasing a movie about the death 
of the American President, and as an American, I was taught that the 
world doesn't agree with us. and most places certainly aren't our friends 
anymore. The consequences of the war in Iraq are real, and not just in Iraq. 

I went to Tunisia, a relatively tiny country in North Africa, during the 
two-week travel break at the end of the semester. As a Muslim country, 
Tunisia was the first place I had been outside of Western culture, and I 
was put into a situation where 1 was forced to learn more in a week than I 
learned in most of my life. 

Everything was in Arabic or French. I was in a place where the only 
thing known about America was what is learned by watching television. 
Their way of life would seem antiquated to us, but in it. 1 found truth 
about misconceptions and misunderstandings. 

1 was newly defined as an individual who finally understood how big 
the world is. how real the world is and how drastically one tiny thing af- 
fects the entire world. 

Coming home 

In my final five days of being in London, I 
raced around the city that has grown to be my 
favorite place, seeing everything I hadn't had the 
chance to see. 

I come from a small Alabama town that has 
little to offer in the way of excitement or history. 
London had both - history and excitement, and I 
found myself fully captivated by the capitol city. 

It's the narrow roads and wide boulevards, 
the Tube and the taxis. It's the flower markets 
on every corner and the grocery stores that serve 
the freshest of foods, the excitement of the West 
End shows and the admiration for St. Paul's 
Cathedral and Westminster Abbey. The city 
completely captivated me. It would never have 
happened without this study abroad opportuni- 
ty. Coming to Samford and not going to London 
is wasting your time and the resources you have 
at your disposal. 

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Center Sta^e 

by Rachel Bennett 
Photos: Nick Holdbrooks 
Spread: Austin Richardson 

Fall 2006 was an exciting time full of drama, 
action and fun for the theater department. 
With such plays as Restoreth My Soul, Electra and 
Feliciana Feydra le Roux the crowd was never hard 
to please. 

Restoreth My Soul and Electra, the first two 
plays of the 2006-2007 season, were both shown 
together, alternating each night for two weeks. 
This was decided because both plays had the 
similar message of war, aftermath and tragedy. 

Almost everyone who has gone through 
cultural perspectives is familiar with the ancient 
Greek tragedy Electra, but no one was expecting 
this adaptation. Inspired by a real war in Bosnia, 
this Electra was somewhat updated with the 
characters appearing from recent and currently 
ongoing wars around the world. 

Jessica Barton, junior history major and 
chorus member in the play, said, "Our director. 
Mark Castle, really wanted to show the audience 
that the themes of revenge, guilt and murder are 
just as evident today as they were two-thousand 
years ago." 

On the opposite night of performances was 
Restoreth My Soul, a play written by Samford the- 
ater professor Renee Butcher. In contrast to the 
ancient tragedy of Electra, Restoreth My Soul took 
a look at how people deal with grief now. The 
drama takes place around the lives of a young 
couple in New York five years after 9/11. 

Katherine Upchurch, one of the many voices 
in Restoreth, said, "Much of the dialogue was 
taken from real phone calls from 9/11 victims 
or their family members" and that the play 
"was very informative and I'm sure it was very 
moving for others as well." Cast members said 
that the play was so depressing and draining to 
perform and practice that Butcher had everyone 
play a game or do an activity of some sort to- 
gether after each session to get their energy back. 

After two such dramatic and intense shows 
happening at once, it was a change of pace for 
the theater department to do such a light-heart- 
ed play as Feliciana Feydra le Roux, an adaptation 
of the books written by Tynia Thomassie. The 

story follows Feliciana, a Cajun girl growing up 
in southern Louisiana, through her adventures. 
Actors and actresses were allowed to improvise 
in this zany work and did so often, creating 
more interest to the scenes. Also, cast members 
had to somehow obtain a Cajun accent to per- 
form the play. 

Originally, Feliciana Feydra le Roux targeted 
children and was performed for them. But out- 
doing expectations, each night the show sold out 
to more adult audiences and was very 
well received. 

After such an exciting and dramatic fall 
season showing, audiences could only wait and 
hope for the arrival of spring when Noises Off 
and Company made their debuts. 

The actors oiElectra portrayed "that the themes of revenge, guilt and murder are just as 
evident today as they were two-thousand years ago." 



Junior Theater Majors Nea I Tucker and Kathenne Upchurch portray two of the firemen during the September 11th attacks. 


Junior Theater Majors Natalie Saxon and Matt Godfrey display the emotional tragedies of what happened that day. 


Samford's Theater Department displays their rendition of Tynia Jbomass\e's Feliciana Feydre Le Roux. 



Noises Off 

by Taylor Mane Kardoes 
Photos: Nick Holdbrooks 
Spread: Austin Richardson 

The Samford Theater Department presented Noises Off 
March 1 through March 4. This comedy centered on a play 
within a play. The characters were all part of the cast or 
production for the play within the play. Nothing On. In the 
first of three acts, the characters ran through a dress rehearsal. 
The second act allowed the audience a peek at the tangled 
lives of the characters as they interacted with one another 
back stage. The play concluded as the audience watched the 
characters perform the play within the play Nothing On. The 
play depicted how the characters' lives off stage affected their 
performances on stage. 

This play was difficult to perform. It required physically 
demanding performances of the actors. Most roles called for 
fast lines and movements. Actors had to speak while run- 
ning up and down stairs. They quickly entered and exited 
the stage. Some scenes involved one actor slamming the door 
on another actor. The set for this performance had to be 
extremely sturdy to withstand all the running, pounding and 
slamming of doors. 

Rehearsals were held for approximately three hours each 
day throughout February. All of these physically strenuous ac- 
tivities required extra rehearsals to build stamina and perfect 

Auditions for this production were held in December. 
Many roles were double cast. One actor would perform 
Thursday and Friday's shows, while the second would 
perform Saturday and Sunday's shows. This provided more 
actors an opportunity to perform. It also provided a back 
up plan in case an actor was injured because of this show's 
physical demands. 

This play was extremely complex and required impeccable 
timing on the part of everyone involved. During many scenes, 
actors performed minor actions off to the side of the stage 
while the main action occurred center stage. This required 
actors to block out all distractions and time both scenes 
together. The fast pace paired with the physicality of the play 
added to the complex timing issues. 

The attention to detail and amazing performance of the 
actors made this play such a success. The characters main- 
tained their fast pace throughout the play. Their accents and 
little gestures polished the script. During the dress rehearsal 
scene, the director of the play within the play critiqued the 
characters off stage from the audience. This resulted in the 
audience feeling more immersed in the show, as if viewing an 
actual dress rehearsal. The lines were filled with sarcasm and 
wit. The audiences laughed through the entire performance. 

The cast did an amazing job performing such a difficult 
play. They thoroughly entertained the audience and mas- 
tered the fast paced, strictly timed, physical roles. With the 
successful performance of this play, the Samford Theater 
Department has set the bar high for future shows. Noises Off 
Director, Dr. Don Sandley, said, "Noises Off has been called 
the funniest play of the last half century by theatre critics. It 
is considered a major work of farce comedy and a company's 
ability to pull a show this complex off is a measuring stick of 
that company's stature.'' 



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Photos: Nick Holdbrooks, Lighting Design: Bill Camp 

Spread Nick Holdbrooks and Austin Richardson 

What makes a perfect relationship^ The little things you 
do together with company of course! One of the highlights 
of the spring semester was the musical Company, a story of a 
womanizing. 35-year-old bachelor in Manhattan who finds 
himself feeling the pressures of "settling down" from his 
neighbors and friends. 

After months of practice and rehearsal, the cast of Com- 
pany performed to a packed house on opening night. April 
19 th . Lively antics on stage definitely kept the audience on 
their toes. Some of these included lengthy and random dance 
numbers in which poor Bobby, played by Matt Godfrey, tried 
to play it cool as he watched his friends cavort around the 
stage, not sure whether he wanted to join in or not. 

Aside from the humorous and somewhat awkward repeti- 
tion of the word "Bobby" several rampant awkward situa- 
tions throughout the story, and the frantic yet funny doting 
of the various characters on Bobby and his personal life, the 

musical tends to have a more serious tone. It portrays the ups 
and downs of common marital relations and how people learn 
to get along with each other. The message is that everyone 
needs someone to share every part of their lives with, whether 
it is the mundane everyday stuff or life-changing events. Each 
equally defines our lives. 

And so, escapades of hooking Bobby up with different 
women and Bobby trying to find that perfect woman yet run 
away from the prospect of marriage at the same time ensue. 
Awkwardness plays a main role in the humor of this musical 
as Bobby finds himself in strange situations with each of the 
couples that comprise his friends. He gets high with David 
and Jenny, played by Andrew Westover and Lydia Myers, 
he envies Peter and Susan's, Jordan Bondurant and Haley 
Longino, closeness only to find out they are getting a divorce, 
and he watches Harry and Sarah, Bobby Smith and Saman- 
tha Chambers, try karate out on each other trying to make 
the other say uncle. But as the first few scenes of the musical 
show, that's company! 



by Cathy Reisenwitz and Jessica Casto 
Photos: Nick Holdbrooks 
Spread: Austin Richardson 

The spring Reflexions dance production combined the 
efforts of Samford's theater and dance classes to produce a 
student led, student produced, dance show. 

While the show consisted of mostly jazz numbers, it also 
included dance genres such as ballet, hip hop and tap. All 
numbers but the opening and closing were choreographed by 
the students. Lisa Gibbs, who teaches all the dance classes, 
choreographed the opening number with a song by Madonna. 
It featured everyone who was to dance in the show. 

Reflexions marked a new era for Samford. It was the first 
semester Samford offered a dance minor. However, to partici- 
pate in the show, students did not have to be a theater major 
or dance minor. Tryouts for the parts were held right before 
Christmas break. 

The majority of the lighting for the show was designed by 
the students of the Theater Lighting Design class, with each 
member designing the lighting for two numbers. The lighting 
for the opening number was designed by junior Barbara Cline, 
who teaches the lighting course. 

The color of lighting played a major role throughout 
Reflexions. Darker songs were represented by black, red and 

white color schemes while the ballets displayed more purples, 
blues and pinks. Several of the more upbeat performances also 
featured strobe lights. 

Surprisingly, there were five guys who participated in the 
show. One of them even performed ballet. Some of the dances 
were all male, some all female and some were co-ed. One of 
the all-guy dances was "Don't Stop Me Now." The all girl 
dance was a ballet number. 

Brooke Williams, a junior JMC major and theater minor, 
helped out with the lighting and really enjoyed seeing the 
show. "The dances were really fun, especially the all guys 
number," said Williams. "The ballet was also beautiful and 
very graceful. They showed the Broadway style by doing 'I'm 
the King of New York' and 'I Love You I Do,' a guy and a girl 
number; it was funny." 

Other routines throughout the show included a tap dance 
to Gnarles Barkley's "Crazy," a performance to Gwen Ste- 
fani's "Wind it Up," and an outstanding finale which ended 
the production with a song by Ok Go. 

Mudbups and Baseball 

by Rachael Lamb 
Photos: Becky Ellenberger 
Spread: Austin Richardson 

Each year, there is a time when students 
journey down to Joe Lee Griffin field in their 
spring attire and fresh tans from spring break to 
eat seafood and watch the baseball team take on 
another rival from the OVC. 

The event, sponsored by the Panhellenic 
Council, the Interfraternity Council and SGA. 
hosted over 1,300 people this year, doubling last 
year's attendance. 

Junior history and religion major and IFC 
president Rob Howell, along with sophomore 
accounting major and IFC representative Parker 
Gilbert, helped organize the event. 

"It was more popular this year than it was 
last year," Gilbert said, "and it's a great way to 
bring Greeks and independents together." How- 
ell also said this year's Crawfish Boil was quite 
a success. 

"Although there was a slight wait for food 
for most people, fortunately, there was plenty of 
crawfish for everyone. It seems to be one of the 
most successful events on campus," Howell said. 

Charles Caldwell, a sixth grader from McEl- 
wain Elementary, threw the first pitch. He is 
a cancer patient and one of the students that 
participates in tutoring at McElwain. 

"Despite his cancer and treatment, when I 
met him before the game he told me that he'd 
been practicing," Howell said. "Having Charles 
throw out the first pitch should be inspiring to 
us all." 

Junior French major and PHC officer Bekah 
Corley said the food is what makes it fun 
for everyone. 

"It's a really nice way for girls to get together 
and chill out and get their hands dirty," 
Corley said. 

The Crawfish Boil encouraged students to 
stick around and watch the baseball game after 
they finished eating. 

"It's fun seeing many students come to the 
games. Normally there aren't that many that 
come out to watch," junior outfielder and biol- 
ogy major John Morgan said. "It creates a better 

atmosphere and helps us to perform better. It's definitely easier to get 
pumped up when there is more fan support." 

The need to improve students' support for Samford athletics has been 
a major concern among the years. However, many agree Crawfish Boil has 
been helpful in supporting Samford sports. 

"I believe the Crawfish Boil is one of the most extraordinary social 
events on campus," business and Spanish major, and IFC representative 
Hamlin Caldwell said. "It brings together many groups of people, while 
also raising support for athletes." 

Ike Baker, a senior biology major also involved with IFC, said that he 
agrees with the need to support Samford athletics. 

"Besides Miss Samford and Step Sing, the Crawfish Boil has had the 
most students involved this year," Baker said. "It gets students into sports 
at Samford, which is the main goal of the event." 

Senior biology major Michael Dove said the Crawfish Boil has a great 
atmosphere that is enjoyed by students. 

"There's nothing like enjoying America's favorite pastime while sweat- 
ing over live seafood you have to tear apart with your own hands," 
Dove said. 

To some students, the Crawfish Boil has even changed their experience 
at Samford. 

"The Crawfish Boil marked the pinnacle of my educational career." 
junior biology major Nate Stenstrom said. "The food was warm, the girls 
were beautiful and the baseball was all- American. God bless capitalism." 





Outside the Samford "Bubble" is 

a whole world of issues and events 

that comprise the news everyday. 

From politics to celebrities, Samford 

students reveal what's important to 

them and why 

Year In Review 

by: Kimberly Holland 
Photos: Associated Press 
Spread: Austin Richardson 


10 - British police arrested 24 
suspects in a suspected plot to blow 
up jetliners bound to the United States 
from Britain. 


11 - The United States remembered 
the attacks of Sept. 11, 200 1 . five years 
after planes flew into the World Trade 
Center towers, the Pentagon and a field 
in Shanksville, Penn. 


2 - A truck driver barricaded himself 
in a one-room Amish schoolhouse. 
killed five girls execution-style and criti- 
cally wounded six others before killing 

26 - President Bush signed a bill au- 
thorizing the construction of a 700-mile 
fence on the U.S./Mexico border. The 
fence is meant to protect one-third of 
the 2,100-mile border between the two 


7 - Democrats gained seats in both 
the Senate and the House of Repre- 
sentatives to take control of the U.S. 
Congress during mid-term elections. 

8 - Defense Secretary Donald 
Rumsfeld stepped down after serving 
six years. His resignation came one day 
after midterm elections cost Republi- 
cans seats in both the Senate and the 
House as voters showed opposition to 
the course in the Iraq war. Robert Gates 
was named Rumsfelds' replacement. 


19 - Miss USA Tara Conner was 
sent to rehab after rumors of underage 
drinking and sexual promiscuity made 
headlines. Real estate mogul and beauty 
pageant owner Donald Trump held a 
press conference to announce Miss USA 
Tara Conner would be given a second 

25 - Legendary R&B singer James 
Brown died. The 73-year-old released 
hits like "I Got You (I Feel Good)" and 
"Papa's Got a Brand New Bag" during 
his career. 

26 - Former President Gerald Ford 
died at the age of 93. 


4 - Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Cal.) 
became the first female Speaker of the 

12 - Two Missouri boys, one missing 
since 2002, were found alive in a Kirk- 
wood, Mo, apartment. Shawn Horn- 
beck had been seen last riding his bike 
to a friend's house in October 2002. Ben 
Ownby had been missing for five days 
prior to the two boys being found. 

16 - The perjury trial of Lewis 
"Scooter" Libby began. Libby was 
accused of releasing the name of CIA 
operative Valerie Plame to journalists. A 
jury found Libby guilty on March 6. 

26 - Gen. David Petraeus was 
confirmed as the commander of the 
Multinational Force Iraq. In his new 
position, Petraeus became responsible 
for overseeing all the forces in Iraq and 
carrying out the new Iraqi strategy plan 
outlined by President Bush during his 
State of the Union address January 23. 

29 - Miss Alabama and former Miss 
Samford Melinda Toole was named 
Miss Congeniality during Miss America 


1 - The world's largest publicly 
traded oil company. Exxon Mobil Corp.. 
posted the largest revenue by a U.S. 
company at S377.64 billion. The 2006 
revenue topped their own previous 
record of S370.68 billion in 2005. 

7 - An arctic blast swept across the 
northern United States, bringing over 
100 inches of snow to part of New 
England and the Midwest. 

8 - Model and actress Anna Ni- 
cole Smith died of an accidental drug 
overdose in her Florida hotel room. Her 
death and the court hearing regarding 
the paternity of an infant daughter 
created a media storm. Smith's former 
boyfriend Larry Birkhead was named 
the father in April. 

17 - After entering a drug rehabilita- 
tion facility in Antigua and staying less 
than 24 hours, Britney Spears showed 
up at a hair studio in Tarzana. Calif, and 
shaved off her own hair. Her personal 
struggles became big news in the tabloid 
media as Spears and ex-husband Kevin 
Federline fought for custody of their 
two children. 





2 - A Bluffton University bus, carrying the school's base- 
ball team, tumbled onto an Atlanta highway after crashing 
over an overpass bridge. The team was en route to a tourna- 
ment in Florida. Four students, the bus driver and his wife 
were killed in the early morning accident. 


4 - Prospective presidential candidates announced record 
amounts during their first quarter of fundraising. Democratic 
presidential hopefuls Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama 
raised $36 million and S24.8 million respectively the most 
announced by any of the campaigns. 

1 1 - The North Carolina attorney general announced 
three former Duke University lacrosse players who had been 
accused of raping a stripper during a party were innocent, and 
all charges were dropped. 

16 - A gunman killed 32 students and faculty before kill- 
ing himself on the Virginia Tech campus. 

26 - The Senate passed a war-funding bill that set a dead- 
line for withdrawal of U.S. troops in Iraq. 


1 - President Bush used his veto powers for only the 
second time during his terms in office. He vetoed the war- 
funding bill that set an April 2008 withdrawal deadline of 
U.S. troops from Iraq. 



Westmoreland's First Address 

by Susan Neal Williams 

Photos & Spread: Nick Holdbrooks 

Andrew Westmoreland, Samford's new 
president, gave his first address to the students 
at University Convocation on Tuesday, August 
29. While he was dressed formally in ceremonial 
robes, Westmoreland's speech made him seem 
approachable and friendly. He expressed his 
newfound love for Samford and its community. 

In some of his opening statements, Westmo- 
reland made it a point to show his gratitude to 
all those who have contributed to Samford and 
who have made it the fine university it is today. 
He asked the student body to stand and applaud 
the faculty for their essential role in shaping the 
happenings on campus. He then went on to the 
President Emeritus, Dr. Thomas Corts. thank- 
ing him by saying that we at Samford are all the 
"beneficiaries of his work." Finally, Westmore- 
land expressed his appreciation to his own wife 
for bringing him happiness and support. 

To lighten the sometimes serious mood that a 
"mandatory" University Convocation can bring, 
Westmoreland joked about his ceremonial garb 
and the "gold necklace, reminiscent of Mr. T" 
that he then referred to as "bling." He probably 
won over the hearts of many students with that 
comment as he showed that even a university 
president can have a sense of humor. 

Following the joke, Westmoreland continued 
by giving a brief biographical sketch of himself. 
Born in Arkansas to a financially unstable family, 
he learned to support himself at a young age. He 
recognizes that he is a sinner and is extremely 
thankful for the courageous God who saved him. 
He also expressed his belief in Samford and in 
each one of us. 

Westmoreland's main comments were based 
on the fourth chapter of Second Timothy. The 
text contains Paul's plea to Timothy to come 
and be with him before winter. This plea shows 
that while Paul was a man of incredible stature, 
he also had weak moments when he needed 
someone to help and comfort him. 

Westmoreland explained that this passage is 
also applicable as a plea to us, the Samford com- 
munity It is an appeal that comes from people 
in the world who are in need, and they need our 

help now. Westmoreland stressed the point that 
we cannot wait as ''the saddest stories ever told 
are those of actions that came too late." 

Westmoreland closed by challenging Sam- 
ford as a whole to be real by upholding certain 
characteristics. We should be honest and trust- 
worthy appreciative and aware of relationships, 
thankful for what God has blessed us with and 
active by "loving, growing and serving as Christ 
taught us." 

Above: Dr. Westmoreland displays his parting gift given to him 
from Ouachita Baptist University 


The Westmoreland Era 

by Taylor Marie Kardoes 

Photos & Spread: Nick Holdbrooks 

Inauguration activities began Friday, 
October 20 with an Evensong worship service. 
Throughout the following weeks lectures, 
luncheons, forums and theatrical performances 
were held to celebrate Dr. Andrew Westmore- 
land's inauguration as Samford University's 
eighteenth president. 

The day of the inauguration, tents deco- 
rated the university quadrangle and students 
lined Centennial Walk holding flags. Selected 
students marched in a processional and carried 
flags representing each state and the District of 
Columbia along with various countries where 
Samford students and alumni currently reside. 
The Inaugural Ceremony began at ten o'clock 
the morning of November 2, 2006. 

Samford administrators, trustees, faculty, 
staff, alumni and students gathered with mem- 
bers of the Birmingham community to welcome 
and celebrate with Dr. Westmoreland and his 
family. Marshals led the University's faculty, 
student representatives, trustees, administrators 
and the presidential party in a processional. At 
the close of the procession, the academic banners 
rose onstage and all stood to sing the National 
Anthem. Henry Cox, President of the Alabama 
Baptist State Convention, led the invocation and 
commented on the day's "significance in the life 
of Samford University." 

The ceremony marked only the fourth 
inauguration of a new Samford president in over 
seventy years. John Duren, Chair of the Board of 
Overseers, shared scripture from Romans 12:3- 
10. Following the reading of scripture, the Sam- 
ford Choral Union performed several anthems 
and hymns. Dr. Westmoreland was then greeted 
by faculty staff, students, alumni and commu- 
nity representatives. 

The inaugural ceremony continued with 
a congregational hymn followed by the Oath 
of Office and Investiture. Dr. Westmoreland 
was joined on stage by his wife, Jeanna, and 
daughter, Riley as he was sworn into office. 
President Emeritus, Dr. Thomas Corts presented 
the Presidential Medallion to Dr. Westmoreland 
as the audience rose to their feet, affirming Dr. 


Westmoreland as president with thunderous 
applause. In his inaugural address, Dr. West- 
moreland vowed to serve Samford University 
wholeheartedly and always remain true to its 
motto, For God, For Learning, Forever. 

After the benediction, the ceremony came 
to a close as all joined together to sing the Sam- 
ford Alma Mater. The final words rang through 
Wright Auditorium, "With pride we pledge our 
hearts and minds, to the Samford red and blue," 
bringing the inauguration ceremony to a fitting 
close. Following the inauguration, students, 
alumni, faculty staff and guests gathered on the 
quadrangle for Milo's sweet tea and moonpies to 
celebrate. Festivities continued throughout the 
day. To close inaugural events, the Student Gov- 
ernment Association hosted an Inaugural Ball in 
honor of the Westmorelands and to commemo- 
rate the special day in Samford's history. 

For the ball, Seibert Gym was transformed 
into an elegant hall with a dance floor, blue 
carpets and chocolate fountains. The entryway 
was lined with pictures of Samford's former 
presidents. President Westmoreland and his wife 
shared the second dance as all other guests lined 
the dance floor to watch. The Inaugural Ball 
provided the perfect close to the week's celebra- 
tion of Dr. Andrew Westmoreland's inauguration 
as Samford University's eighteenth president. 
More importantly the inaugural ball represented 
the beginning of a new era at Samford. As we 
enter the Westmoreland Era, Samford students, 
alumni and the community all share in the confi- 
dent expectation of great things for the Samford 
family under the direction of an exceptional 
Christian leader. 

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A Mother's Mission 

by Elizabeth Hunt 
Photo: Nick Holdbrooks 
Spread: Austin Richardson 

By 6:45 P.M., students had already begun to form a line anxious to 
enter Reid Chapel for a program that wouldn't begin until 7:30 p.m. What 
could possibly draw such a crowd on a Monday nights The line of Samford 
students, faculty, administration, the Birmingham News and other citizens 
from the Birmingham community were all there to see Beth 
Holloway Twitty. 

Beth Holloway Twitty is the mother of Natalee Holloway the Moun- 
tain Brook teenager who disappeared in Aruba two summers ago while on 
a senior trip. As Reid Chapel was rapidly filling up. the aura of the room 
was respectful yet anxious to finally get to hear the personal account from 
Mrs. Twitty, not a brief synopsis from CNN or FOX. Prior to Twitty's ar- 
rival at the podium, the audience watched about a three minute video 
dedicated to the life of Natalee, the search in Aruba and the Birmingham 
communities' response to the kidnapping. The video was followed by an 
equally compelling description of the past two years without Natalee 
by Twitty. 

Beth Holloway Twitty described where she was on that Memorial Day 
in 2005 when she got the phone call from the travel agent saying that Na- 
talee did not make it onto the plane heading back for the States with the 
rest of her classmates. Immediately, Twitty said that she knew something 
was wrong. "It was more than mother's intuition" she recalled. Immedi- 
ately, Twitty and her husband were on a plane headed to Aruba, and for 
the first 1 18 hours of Natalee's disappearance, Beth Holloway Twitty did 
not eat, sleep, or shower. Twitty continued to describe the painful weeks 
and months that followed that dreaded Memorial Day. 

However, though a tragic event, Beth Holloway Twitty has responded 
with hope and established the International Safe Travels Foundation. 
The International Safe Travels Foundation or "Safe Travels" has a goal of 
informing high school and college students about means of safety while 
traveling. One way Beth is promoting "Safe Travels" is by going to differ- 
ent churches, schools and organizations and telling her story and message. 
As a result, all those who had the honor of hearing Beth Holloway Twitty 
speak that night left with a positive message and sound advice which is the 
result of a strong, faith-based woman who has the courage to share. 



by Danielle McDonald 
Photos: Nick Holdbrooks 
Spread: Austin Richardson 

World Issues Exposed 

A new Samford publication merged political and religious 
views this year, illustrating the diverse plethora of stances on 
issues occurring in the world. Students took on a project in 
which they collaborated their opinions, writing abilities and 
illustrative talents to create a 20-page feature for the Crimson 
called "Exposed." 

Senior journalism and mass communication major Kim- 
berly Holland was the editor of Exposed. She was an active 
part of the journalism program for four years and helped to 
organize the new publication in the spring. 

As a writer for the Crimson, Holland often discussed 
political matters in her articles and has been active in promot- 
ing politically oriented articles. She is frequently responsible 
for bringing current affairs to the table for discussion, as she 
does not shy away from controversial topics that hover over 
Samford's community. 

As the 2008 Presidential primaries are approaching and 
politics is fresh on everyone's mind, Holland wrote to readers 
on the first page of Exposed and laid the foundation for the 

She wrote. 'As the generation who will decide the future 
of our country and its role in the world, it is our duty to be 
aware and active. For this reason, The Samford Crimson has 
provided this special news magazine featuring some of the 
political issues and presidential candidates you will be focus- 
ing on in the coming months." 

Holland brought her ideas to the section editors, and the 
two sides worked out Exposed's purpose and potential. 

She said, "I came up with a couple of ideas for the insert 
but chose politics and religion because I thought it would 
be good to discuss different issues and how they relate to 
Samford. I could not have done it without my section edi- 
tors. They really helped me narrow my ideas and centralize 

The staff wanted to create something that would be 
thought provoking and relevant on Samford's campus in 
political and religious spheres. Stem cell research, education, 
social security and prospective presidents were a few of the 
issues incorporated within the publication. Each section 
displayed a variety of opinions and informative facts about 
the matters. 

Junior history major Caroline Williams said, "I was really 
interested when I picked up the publication. I think they 
really discussed topics students care about, and I felt like all 
sides of the arguments were being shown. It is refreshing to 
see something different in the school newspaper." 

Holland said, "Students at Samford are much more open 
than we give them credit for. We attempted to present all 
sides. If we were going to present the left, then we were going 
to display the right; if there was one opinion, there was an 
opposing one. We worked for balance on all angles." 

It is clearly impossible to present every angle on each 
controversial issue, but the writers strived to educate the 
readers about important debates occurring beyond the gates 
of Samford. Although the publication was 20 pages, Holland 
says they still ran out of room and could have written much 

The response to the insert was generally positive. Emails 
were sent in from students and professors alike, stating they 
appreciated the issue and hoped to see it again. 

Freshmen music major, Christina Gonzalez, said, "I 
thought it was a great idea and would like to see it develop 
more over the years." 

"Exposed" invoked discussion on campus and got students 
thinking about current events and affairs that are occurring 

Holland and the section editors wished to inform, and 
that they did. The feature paves the groundwork for the 
upcoming election year and allows students to be expressive 
on matters that are affecting our nation. 


Construction On Campus 

by Brian Willett 

Photo: Becky Ellenberger 

Spread: Austin Hichardson 

You pull onto Samford's campus and turn left. In front of you is no longer the decades-old Stu- 
dent Apartment complex, but a new Beeson Woods living area. 

That's one of the many campus improvements Samford's administration has studied for the 
next five to ten years of the university's future. In addition to the physical improvements, Samford 
has also looked to increase enrollment. But what exactly will Samford look like in the future^ Will 
the university change as it grows^ 

Several ideas have already come to fruition. Samford installed synthetic turf on the football field 
in 2005. Jane Hollock Brock Hall, the recital hall, opened in fall of 2006. New heating and cooling 
plants have been built in 2005 and 2006. However, several projects are still works in progress. 

Samford University President Andrew Westmoreland said that he hopes the new sports arena 
will open in December of 2007. Work on the tennis facility continues to progress, while Construction 
on the new parking deck in the north of campus could begin as early as August 2007. 

Westmoreland said that Samford has about all it can 
handle in terms of construction, which likely means new 
projects will not begin until the current ones are completed. 
"We are about at the maximum for construction," he said. 
"This year is primarily a time of finishing what we started." 

Vice President of Business Affiars Bill Mathews said the 
area around Student Apartments, known as Odum Lane, 
might be the next major project. This area would most likely 
become a complement to Beeson Woods. "That residen- 
tial area has a lot of potential, but it has to happen soon," 
Mathews said. 

Westmoreland also discussed the Odum Lane area. "I'm 
an advocate of a Samford village along the lines of Beeson 
Woods, but not exactly the same," he said. "The area is a good 
target for renewal." 

One catch could be the Odum Lane property that Sam- 
ford does not yet own. Some Homewood residents have not 
sold their land, which will likely hinder any building plans in 
that area. The new residential area would help alleviate some 

pressure from the rest of the campus. This would also justify 
an increased enrollment; a problem for some who might 
worry that Samford will lose its identity. 

Will Samford change in the future^ Assistant to the 
president Sarah Latham said Samford will still draw from the 
Southeast. She also stated that Samford's sense of community 
has to be retained. "Regardless of whether we grow or how 
much, one thing we have going for us is the Samford commu- 
nity," she said. 

Westmoreland said Samford's community will not 
change simply because more people attend. "I do not want to 
change the essential character of the university," he said. "We 
need to create an environment conducive to the 
Samford community. 

Christian on Campus 

by Melissa Gibson 
Photo: Becky Ellenberger 
Spread: Austin Richardson 

I like to think of Samford as a catalyst for change and growth. As a 
Christian University, Samford's primary responsibility is to provide its stu- 
dents with challenges to our faith through our education. As I think back 
over this year, I reflect upon the Christians I've met and the opportunities 
I had to grow and learn. I interviewed Ryan Spencer Reed, a photographer 
of African devastation. His primary goal is to raise awareness for a people 
that are so close to his heart. As I looked at his pictures on display in the li- 
brary, I thought a lot about Jesus. I stopped short before the dark wrinkled 
hands missing a finger and I saw Jesus. I saw pain, past and present, but 
beauty first and foremost. 

I also sat in on an interview with Shane Claiborne. I had learned to 
appreciate his simplicity through the words in his book Irresistible Revolu- 
tion, but they formed a new meaning hearing him speak. I was impressed 
by his interest in us. He informed us of his aspirations and journey but he 
also took time to remember our names and genuinely inquire of our lives 
at Samford. He reminded me that we are all equal and dwell in a rich com- 
munity of brotherhood. 

I met these two inspirational men through opportunities with Samford 
but people who aspire to do similar things walk with me on the sidewalk 
everyday I see Jesus at Samford daily He's in the excitement expressed 
when we discuss justice late into the night. I saw Jesus at the Justice Un- 
der the Lights Concert; He was there as the Wordplayers related stories of 
injustice and as the bands rocked out. I saw Jesus at the InvisibleChildren 
dodge ball tournaments. I saw Jesus at the Hope4Hunger tables and in 
the recycling movement. I see His smile in the caf. Workers and I see Him 
constantly talking to the man who rings the bells. I watch Him at work 
through our professors, desiring to make us grow in knowledge. 

I saw Jesus when SoulForce came to campus. I was extremely im- 
pressed by their eloquence and passion for love and equality. I saw Jesus 
in their eyes as they listened to me wonder if their very being is a sin. I 
felt them really hug me and really love me. But not only did I see Jesus in 
them, I saw Jesus in us. I saw students engaging in constructive dialogue. I 
saw people everywhere actually listening. No one chastised them or spoke 
negatively; I consistently saw acceptance and grace. I saw Jesus through 
SoulForces' past pain but present joy. 

I think being a Christian on campus is influenced by the presence of 
Jesus. I think by constructing such a multifaceted orthodoxy that perhaps, 
I see Him most clearly. I think by discussing Him with my Methodist 
friends and my Episcopal teacher that I am closest to truth. I think being a 
Christian at Samford challenges our current status. I don't want to simply 
be labeled "Christian." I don't want that for Samford. Instead, I think 
along with those we admire, we should continue pursuing a challenging 
faith that daily contributes to the beautiful image of Jesus. 



Samford, Meet SoulForce 

by Andrew Westover 
Photos: Bob Miller 
Spread Austin Richardson 

Near the end of March, approximately two-dozen stu- 
dents came to Samford with one purpose - to promote "the 
end of religion based oppression for lesbian, gay, bisexual 
and transgender people," according to SoulForce group leader 
Katie Higgins. 

SoulForce began planning their visit months in advance, 
first contacting Samford President Dr. Andrew Westmoreland 
in writing last fall. The group stated that because of Sam- 
ford's prohibition of "homosexual acts" in its official hand- 
book, the university was deemed a worthy candidate for 
their visit. 

After receiving notice of the group's intentions, West- 
moreland consulted local pastors, senior staffers and even 
presidents of other universities SoulForce visited last year for 
guidance. Soon thereafter, Westmoreland appointed Universi- 
ty Minister Matt Kerlin to serve as the official liaison between 
SoulForce and the University. 

According to Kerlin, "Planning for the SoulForce visit was 
extensive. I researched almost every school that SoulForce 
visited during last year's Equality Ride in order to formulate 
strategies for their visit to Samford." In addition, planning re- 
quired synchronicity between University Relations, Campus 
Security, President Westmoreland and student hosts. 

Alumni and parents were particularly responsive to 
SoulForce's visit, both positively and negatively. Several felt 
strongly enough to write letters to the Crimson. 

The first letter came from a parent, Lon Pearson. Pearson 
stated that he "would question the wisdom" of allowing the 
group on campus. Pearson said his foremost concern was that 
opening the door to "people of a homosexual bent" was im- 
plying tacit acceptance, and that dialogue would merely offer 
unnecessary "credibility and offer to these the opportunity for 
rationalization and justification for their perversion." 

This letter generated several responses. Student Rachel 
Corr called for the response to SoulForce to be love instead. 
Michael Yates took umbrage at Pearson representing his views 
as those of all Samford students, and argued against Pearson's 
view that SoulForce was so entrenched in their views that 
ministry would be futile. 

Discussion had begun, and it continued through a series of 
student and faculty discussions. 

In addition to buzzing around Samford's campus, several 
organized events also provided students with the opportunity 
to discuss the upcoming SoulForce visit in a public forum. 
Psychology Department Chair Dr. Stephen Chew organized 
two panels, one of students and one of faculty, to discuss 
"understanding homosexuality." 

Coinciding with the panels, Dr. Nicole Siegfried led chapel 
the day before the SoulForce visit with a discussion of "com- 
mon myths" about homosexuality. 

Junior Psychology major Lyndsay Cogdill says, "Dr. Sieg- 
fried was great... it was a good speech, and really interesting. 
I think it was eye-opening for a lot of people, and it really 
made me think about some aspects of homosexuality 1 
hadn't before." 

The next day, SoulForce arrived promptly at 10 a.m. In 
order to facilitate discussion, Kerlin organized a series of ac- 
tivities throughout the day. After the group's arrival, a group 
of students met them and each SoulForce team member was 
paired with a Samford student. 

After this initial meeting, the whole group moved to Brock 
Forum, where an introductory discussion took place. 

Sophomore Psychology major Haley Heckman, one of the 
student hosts during the visit, says that she appreciated, "the 


positive conversation. I think it went as best as it could go. 
Even though we had our differences in opinions, both groups 
were open to hearing what the other had to say." 

A special lunch was held in the Flag Colonnade where 
interested students could come and chat informally with the 
SoulForce team members. According to freshman English 
Education major Megan Riley, "It was challenging to defend 
my views face-to-face, but it was good." 

After lunch, the group split in half for two separate panel 
discussions, one regarding law and the other ministry, each as 
they relate to homosexuality. 

Erin Basden, a freshman Elementary Education major, 
attended the Ministry and Homosexuality panel presenta- 
tion. "It was interesting to hear the personal stories. It was 
good that they were open to hear other's opinions, but it was 
almost like they were saying, 'I'll listen but won't change my 

mind.' Still, they were at least open to hearing, which I 
really appreciated." 

After the day was over, SoulForce team member Stephen 
Krebs was pleased with the outcome. "I think that we were 
able to have some genuine dialogue. I'm glad that we were 
able to have these discussions, and I thank you for making us 
feel welcome to share our views." 

He continued to say, "Our reception at most of the other 
schools we've visited has not been like this... this has been a 
breath of fresh air for us." 

"Overall," says Erin Bradford, a sophomore Spanish and 
Arabic double major, "They [the SoulForce members] were 
mature and respectful. They weren't radicals, they were just 
people. It was a good experience to pop the Samford bubble." 


President Bush makes a stop in the Magic City 

by Shelby Crowe 
Photo: Associated Press 
Spread: Austin Richardson 

"If you are going to be all googley-eyed, this is not the right place for you," I heard one of Presi- 
dent George W Bush's advisors announce to the crowd. 

As I stood listening in my pressed suit and volunteer nametag, the first reaction that ran through 
my mind was, "Is she crazy? Why would no one be googley-eyed ? I mean, it's not everyday you get 

to meet the President of the United States." But 
on Sept. 26, 2006, I was lucky enough to have 
this rare opportunity. 

On this day. President Bush visited Birming- 
ham and made a stop in Hoover before finishing 
the day at a lunchtime fundraiser held at the 
Birmingham Jefferson Civic Center. The Presi- 
dent had recently called for more investment in 
alternative energy sources, and he chose Hoover 
as an example of a city advocating this process. 

Midmorning, he stepped off Air Force One at 
the Birmingham International Airport and trav- 
eled to Hoover where he addressed the Hoover 
Public Safety Center. 

While speaking, he highlighted and praised 
the city's use of an ethanol fuel blend to run 
137 city vehicles. At his next stop, he met the 
governor of Alabama, Bob Riley. 

Bush was estimated to have raised approxi- 
mately $2.5 million at this event, all of which 
went to help the governor with his re-election 

Although I was only a volunteer at the BJCC 
and therefore denied a seat at the event because 
I couldn't shell out a large sum of money it was 
worth the pain of standing on my feet for hours 
in order to hear the president speak first-hand 
about the current issues circulating newspaper 

Dedicated to his decision. Bush also wanted 
to assure everyone in the room that he would 
do whatever it took to win the war on terror. 
He was sure to praise Governor Riley and his 
extensive efforts in education reform and even 
got many laughs when he admitted that he had 
heard all the hype surrounding the infamous 
Hoover football team on a small network called 

I was not the only face representing Samford 
University at this event, however. Seniors Ike 
Baker and Melissa Poole also volunteered. 

Baker, a biology and pre-med major, was 
thankful when a friend and employee of the 
Alabama Republican Party called and asked him 
to volunteer at the event. 

T didn't think I would be able to go see 
President Bush speak because of the cost of 
tables, but I was given the opportunity to work 
the event and get a chance to meet some very 
important people," Baker said. "Just being in that 
atmosphere was amazing." 

Like myself, Baker and Poole were given the 
coveted opportunity to work the photo oppor- 
tunity. After we had taken up photo tickets for 
important people such as radio personalities Rick 
and Bubba, White House Press Secretary Tony 
Snow and Alabama Governor Bob Riley, we 
went upstairs to listen to the President's speech. 

Baker said he left the speech newly confident 
with his nation's Commander-in-Chief. "I know 
that he has my country and my well-being at 
heart," Baker said. 

In the end, those of us working the photo 
opportunity were able to do little more than peer 
around a black curtain just to sneak a glance at 
the President. It didn't help that Secret Service 
would have taken us down on the spot if we had 
attempted to do otherwise, and yes, they really 
wear those little earpieces you see in the movies. 
But overall, just the experience itself was reward- 
ing and exciting. 

"It's not everyday the President comes to 
your city. As a college student, I was able to not 
only go to the event but also participate and help 
right in the thick of things," Poole, a journalism 
and mass communications major, said. 

At the end of the day, I was proud to see 
Samford students represented at this event 
in support of our president, and situations and 
students such as these only further attest to the 
caliber of our institution. 


by Matt Campbell 
Photo: Associated Press 
Spread: Austin Hichardson 

A Time of War 

Four years. The war in Iraq has boiled on for four years. 
It's been four years since that fateful March day when bombs 
first rocked Baghdad. It's been four years since coalition forces 
initially took control over Iraq's government. 

Four years. During the past year, several things have 
changed in Iraq and in the United States. 

Many analysts see the past year as a period of realization 
for the United States. The year 2006 began with President 
George W Bush reassuring the nation that his plan for Iraq 
would succeed. 

Bush's plan called for passing on responsibility for domes- 
tic safety to the new Iraqi regime and beginning the gradual 
extraction of American troops. However, the plan soon began 
to falter. 

By late summer, cold reality began to clash with the opti- 
mistic promises from the White House. The region's sectarian 
violence escalated daily. The Shiite-dominated government 
faced waves of violence, crashing on every street of Baghdad. 
Shiite militias, free from government reprimand, retaliated 
with calculated executions and bombings. 

Amid the throbbing hostility was the American military, 
desperately trying to maintain authority with a depleted 
force. On August 3, General John Abizaid, head of U.S. 
Central Command, testified before the Senate Armed Services 
Committee. He said, "I believe that the sectarian violence is 
probably as bad as I've seen it, in Baghdad in particular, and 
that if not stopped, it is possible that Iraq could move toward 
civil war." 

With such trouble breeding in Iraq, criticism of the U.S.'s 
policies flowed stronger than ever. The war that aimed to 
eliminate senseless death brought with it a large amount of 
collateral damage. 

In early October, a British medical journal, "The Lancet," 
projected the Iraqi death toll to be 650,000, or an average of 
500 people who have died a day, since March of 2003. Though 
President Bush dismissed these reports as false and exaggerat- 
ed, the death toll is definitely considerable. The most accepted 
figure is somewhere around 35,000. 

This destruction, though tragic, was not felt directly by 
most citizens. However, the Iraqi death toll could have a 

significant impact on American citizens. The continued death 
and violence could easily be a rallying cry for militants. 

The "New York Times" reported on a classified National 
Intelligence Estimate titled "Trends in Global Terrorism: 
Implications for the United States." The report essentially 
said the War in Iraq had not reduced the threat of terrorism; 
rather, it had made America more vulnerable to attack: 

"The Iraq conflict has become the 'cause celebre' for 
jihadists, breeding a deep resentment of U.S. involvement in 
the Muslim world and cultivating supporters for the global 
jihadist movement." 

While America braced itself for another attack, politicians 
geared up their campaigns. The Democrats, largely playing 
off the lack of success in Iraq, swept both houses of Congress. 
The next day, Donald Rumsfeld resigned as secretary of de- 
fense, leaving behind him a trail of criticism and doubt. With 
the Democrats in control of both the House of Representa- 
tives and the Senate, President Bush faced new opposition to 
his aggressive foreign policy. 

The strategy of the war soon shifted from a gradual 
pullout to a dramatic surge in U.S. forces. The new strategy, 
which will forever be known as The Surge, calls for an influx 
of 21,500 troops in Iraq. January 2007 marked the first time 
President Bush backed down from his initial plan. Though 
hopeful for progress, Bush's ideas were met with staunch 
resistance from the newly elected Democrats. 

The end of 2006 and the beginning of 2007 will prove to 
be a significant time in the War on Terror. Many transitional 
measures will be implemented in the coming months. The 
surge of troops will likely crush the insurgent resistance. 

However, only history will decide if the war was truly 
successful. Many believe bringing democracy to Iraq will be a 
resounding success, that the region will embrace a new type 
of society. Opponents warn that our presence in Iraq has only 
worsened the hope for peace in an already brutal area. What- 
ever the case may be, one thing is certain: the War in Iraq has 
been costly. Sometimes great victories demand great costs. 
Yet, other times, great costs can outweigh marginal benefits. 








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From the kitchen to the Congress 

by Kimberly Holland 
Photo: Associated Press 
Spread: Austin Richardson 

"Tonight, I have a high privilege and distinct honor of my 
own - as the first President to begin the State of the Union 
message with these words: Madam Speaker." 

With those two final words, the crowd bolted into a 
standing ovation. 

These words marked the opening of President George W 
Bush's annual State of the Union address on Jan. 23, 2007. 
The gathered senators, representatives, Presidential Cabinet 
members, Supreme Court justices, members of the armed 
forces and special guests witnessed an historic moment as a 
sitting president began his speech to the country by address- 
ing a female Speaker of the House, Democratic Congress- 
woman Nancy Pelosi of California. 

"In his day, the late Congressman Thomas D'Alesandro, 
Jr., from Baltimore, Maryland, saw Presidents Roosevelt and 
Truman at this rostrum," Bush continued. "But nothing could 
compare with the sight of his only daughter, Nancy, presiding 
tonight as Speaker of the House of Representatives." 

The road to the House 

The road to this moment began many years earlier for 
the 66-year-old mother of five. Pelosi was raised in a politi- 
cal family; her father served in the House from 1939 to 1947 
and later served as mayor of Baltimore for twelve years. Her 
brother, Thomas D'Alesandro III, served in the same mayoral 
post from 1967 to 1971. 

After marrying Paul Pelosi, the couple moved to San Fran- 
cisco where she became active with the California Democratic 
Party and served as chair from 1981 to 1983. She was elected 
to the United States House of Representatives in June of 
1987, filling the seat of the late Rep. Sala Burton. 

In 2001, she was elected the House Minority Whip under 
the House Minority Leader Dick Gephardt, becoming the 
first woman ever to hold that position. Then in 2002, after 
Gephardt resigned to seek the 2004 Democratic Presidential 
bid, Pelosi was elected to replace him. This selection made 
Pelosi the first woman to lead a major party in the House of 

A change of fortunes 

As mid-term elections approached in 2006, Pelosi toured 
the country campaigning for her fellow Democratic House 
members, working fervently to secure a Democratic take over 
of the Congress. Republicans had controlled the Congress for 
the last 12 years. 

As the numbers came in and states decided on the night 
of Nov. 7, 2006, the House divided in favor of the Democrats, 
233 to 202. Pelosi was poised to become the first woman 

speaker of the house, a position that would make her second 
in the line of presidential succession. 

On Jan. 4, 2007, she was formally elected, defeating House 
Minority leader John Boehner, a Republican from Ohio. 

Before introducing Pelosi to the House, Boehner remarked 
about the magnitude of what he was about to do. 

"In a few moments, I'll have the high privilege of handing 
the gavel of the House of Representatives to a woman for the 
first time in American history. For more than 200 years, the 
leaders of our government have been democratically elected, 
and from their ranks, our elected leaders have always selected 
a man for the responsibility and honor of serving as speaker of 
the House." Boehner continued, "Always, that is, until today." 

Holding the gavel in her hand, Pelosi addressed the newly 
elected Democratic-controlled House. 

"After giving this gavel away in the last two Congresses, 
I'm glad someone else has the honor today," Pelosi said. 

Embracing the future 

Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid pledged to 
unite in bipartisanship so to answer the call of Americans in 
the mid-term election for a change of course for the country. 
The leadership duo formulated the "First 100 Hours," a legis- 
lative agenda with the intention of tightening restrictions on 
spending earmarks, lobbying, gifts and travel. It also proposed 
a change in the federal minimum wage, the first such increase 
in ten years and one conditionally supported by Republicans. 
In addition, they also aimed to repeal Bush's ban on federal 
embryonic stem cell research funding, an action Bush ada- 
mantly said he will veto. 

"Last November, the voters sent us a message - Democrats 
and Republicans. The voters are upset with Congress and the 
partisan gridlock. The voters want a government that focuses 
on their needs. The voters want change. Together, we must 
deliver that change," Reid said. 

All the proposed bills passed through the House before 
the 100 hours clock ran out, but the Senate vowed to take a 
slower approach to the legislative process. 

With all sides vowing to come to the new Congress 
with renewed senses of duty and stowed partisanship, both 
Democrats and Republicans are poised for a historic session 
of Congress in the coming years. And as Nancy Pelosi broke 
through what she called the "marble ceiling" to be elected to a 
position no woman has held before, this will all be done under 
the watchful eye of the first female Speaker of the House. 




Celebrities Master the Media 

by Haley Aaron 
Photo: Associated Press 
Spread: Austin Richardson 

The year 2006 was. to say the least, an interesting year in 
celebrity news. From the sad to the silly to the downright bi- 
zarre, the media covered it all - and the entire world watched. 
Viewers were shocked when they learned of the death of 
Steve Irwin, the popular naturalist of "Crocodile Hunter" 
fame, who died after being stabbed by a stingray's tail while 
filming a nature show. They watched with shock the antics 
of celebrities such as Tom Cruise and Brittany Spears and 
listened with anger to the anti-semantic comments made by 
actor Mel Gibson and the racist tirade by comedian Michael 

All year, there was a seemingly constant flow of celeb- 
rity deaths, divorces and deviance. In other words, this year 
provided plenty of content for the media. In fact, there was so 
much media coverage of celebrity events that it caused many 
questions and concerns to be raised. The problem received na- 
tional attention, and Newsweek published an article entitled 
"The Girls Gone Wild Effect" which specifically discussed 
how the inappropriate conduct of celebrities such as Brittany 
Spears and Paris Hilton has affected young girls exposed to 
media coverage. 

Can overexposure to sensational celebrity stories cause 
problems for individuals^ In some cases it can, according 
to Samford sociology professor Dr. Hugh Floyd. "People 
who look at celebrities with such adoration might feel less 
adequate themselves," said Floyd. "It might cause some kind 
of disjuncture between who they are compared to what they 
would like to be." By spending an excessive amount of time 
following celebrity news stories, viewers may develop an ob- 
session with the media coverage, which could result in other 
negative social and mental effects as well. 

Excessive coverage of celebrity news and celebrity obses- 
sion is usually considered a fairly recent phenomenon. How- 
ever, news coverage of sensational celebrity news is not new. 

Journalism professor Dr. Julie Williams contends that 
while early newspapers may not have reported on "celebri- 
ties" in today's sense of the word, they did cover news about 
the heroes of their day in great detail. From politicians to sci- 
entists, most individuals who achieved some sort of fame or 
widespread recognition are covered extensively in early media. 

Even gossip column news predates the 20 ,h century. Wil- 
liams discusses newspaper coverage of Thomas Jefferson's 
rumored affair with one of his slaves. Sally Hemming. "Inter- 
estingly, even though geneticists had 'confirmed' Jefferson as 
the father (based on modern evidence), they're now backing 
off that claim." said Williams. "It now seems the whole thing 
maybe was just celebrity gossip." The story of Jefferson and 
Hemming is still being studied today, and according to Wil- 
liams the event also presents a striking corollary to one of the 
biggest stories of 2006. 

"Geneticists, genealogists and possible descendants still 
thrive on this bit of celebrity gossip, which just can't help 
but remind me of the question of who fathered Anna Nicole 
Smith's baby," she said. Anna Nicole Smith, a well known 
model, died this year at the age of 30, leaving a baby girl and 
many questions over who the child's father may be. 

According to Williams, with the rise of radio and televi- 
sion came the idea of "celebrity" as we know it today. "These 
media put voices and faces to names, and with voices and 
faces, you feel as though you get a full personality," said Wil- 
liams. "Suddenly people think they know a celebrity as if he 
or she were a friend." 

Williams feels that celebrity antics have become more 
and more extreme because the media was willing to publish 
the stories and there was an audience who would read such 
stories. "As the press has grown more liberal about what it 
will write about, celebrities have responded with ever more 
outlandish behavior to garner attention," she said. 

"Who could forget Brittany Spears' well-publicized lack of 
underwear^ Certainly, she wanted attention as her celebrity 
status faltered. And she got it." 


World Cup F ever atJSamford 

by Manssa Taylor 

Photos and Spread: Austin Richardson 

In a society that worships the passion, excitement and grit of sports, 
there is only one championship tournament that exceeds more emotion 
and obsession than any other in the world. The FIFA World Cup is an 
international association for the football (better known as soccer) cham- 
pionship tournament that occurs every four years. This year's World Cup 
brought superhuman star players, spine-tingling goals and intense games 
to the millions of people that were consumed for a magnificent five weeks. 

The qualification process began in December 
of 2003 where 198 national soccer associations 
were represented. Thirty-two teams from six 
different continents around the world qualified 
for the World Cup finals including the hosts 
Germany, who won the right to host the event 
in July 2000. and previous winners, Brazil. 
This past summer was the 18th staging of the 
FIFA World Cup. Italy won their fourth world 


championship, defeating France 5-3 in a penalty 
shootout after extra time finished in a 1-1 draw. 
Germany defeated Portugal 3-1 to finish third. 

Germany was well prepared to host the 2006 
FIFA World Cup. They spent years preparing for 
the incredible opportunity that accommodating 
the World Cup gave them by boasting brand- 
new stadiums or vastly improved ones in twelve 
different cities. 

The people of Germany bonded over their 
love of the game and worked together to make 
2006 an incredible World Cup year. 

But while many watched feverishly from 
their TV sets at home, there were a few Samford 
students who were fortunate enough to have 
been studying with Samford's study abroad pro- 
gram in Germany at the same time as the Cup. 

"The highlight of our trip was the madness 
for soccer there. We became completely con- 
sumed by it too because every single thing that 
can be marketed had a World Cup advertisement 
or specialty edition," Steven Black, a senior Span- 
ish major said. "There was even a World Cup 
edition of the hazelnut spread. Nutella. It was a 
completely different culture from any sporting 
event I've ever been a part of." 

Germany is a cosmopolitan country with a 
passion for soccer. The people devoted them- 
selves to ensuring the 2006 FIFA World Cup 
was an unforgettable experience. The country 
enjoyed welcoming fans from all over the world 
as they filled their own soil with even more color 
and life. 

The game of soccer is appealing to many 
different types of people and it is easy to see 
why. While the rest of the world is fighting over 
religion, politics and skin color, soccer is known 
for being culturally and racially blind, teaching 
fans and players virtues such as tolerance, fair- 
ness and team spirit. 

For the students at Samford, they felt like it 
was pure luck to get to experience something 
as big as the World Cup first-hand. "I have a 
newfound respect for the game and players that 
would not be the same if I had just watched the 
games at home," Black said. "Here in America, 
everyone grows up being obsessed with foot- 
ball, but the Germans must be twice as extreme 
about soccer as anything I've seen in the states." 

"When Germany beat Argentina by two 
penalty kicks, people were dancing, singing and 
screaming in the streets, and so they agreed 

to shut down a street or two. I wish I could have taken that fanatical 
idea back with me to the states, but it is so hard to watch it here since it 
doesn't get televised very often," Black said. 

Millions of people gave up five weeks of their lives to feed their infatu- 
ation with soccer. And for some Samford people, it started a new zealous 
attitude for the game too. Who knowsi Maybe the U.S.A. will catch soccer 
fever and demand more diversity for the love of the game too. 




Greek recruitment is one of the 

largest events held on SamforcTs 

campus, and many have experienced 

the ups and downs of what is better 

known as "rush." But after signing 

bid cards or squealing on bid day, 

many students devote countless 

hours to various philanthropies, plan 

campus-wide events and experience 

the bond that only those who have 

pledged can experience. 






Greek Weekend: Road Trip 

by Melissa Poole 
Photos: Jessica Casta 
Spread: Austin Richardson 

"Welcome to the ATL!" Over 500 students 
were greeted by these words as they entered the 
Historic Biltmore Hotel in downtown Atlanta 
on Friday, September 8 for a night of dancing, 
socializing and fun. The Biltmore dance was just 
one of several events that the Samford Greek 
community sponsored to celebrate the 2006 
Greek Weekend. 

A tradition at Samford, Greek Weekend is a 
time for new and old members of the Samford 
community to get together and just have a good 
time. Open to the entire university, Greek week- 
end gives the sororities and fraternities a chance 
to unite and celebrate their membership in the 
Greek Community as a whole. This year, the 
Panhellenic Council and Inter-Fraternity Council 
hosted four main Greek Weekend events which 
consisted of a McElwain clean-up day, a dance at 
the Biltmore. a tailgate before the Georgia Tech 
football game and a Sunday morning 
worship service. 

The Greek Weekend kick-off started with 
a clean-up of McElwain Elementary School. 
McElwain has been the ongoing project of the 
Greek community the past two years. This event 
brought several fraternity guys, sorority girls 
and new freshmen as well to the Birmingham 
school for a day of yard work, painting and 
general cleaning. "McElwain has been a place 
that has become very close to the hearts of many 
students and we as a Greek community want 
to do all that we can for this school," said Emily 
Sparks, senior member of Chi Omega. 

Friday of Greek Weekend, the party moved 
to Atlanta to kick of the Georgia Tech weekend. 
Both IFC and PHC hosted a band party at the 
Historic Biltmore Hotel. "We were so excited 
to see so many new Samford faces," said Frank 
Parsons, Director of Student Involvement. "We 
had a great turnout and we had to kick people 
out when the night was over." 

The dance, a Greek Weekend tradition, had 
a new face to it this year. When IFC and PHC 
realized Greek Weekend was collaboration of ideas 
the Georgia Tech vs. Samford football game, they 

jumped on the wagon and moved the dance to 
Atlanta. "The move proved to be a good idea, 
and everyone talked about wanting to keep the 
dance in Atlanta," said Sparks. 

The fun in the ATL continued the next day 
when IFC and PHC, along with many members 
of the Greek community, attended the tailgate 
and football game at Georgia Tech. Whether 
it was eating barbecue, visiting the Greeks at 
Georgia Tech or hanging out with Spike, there 
was a plethora of Samford spirit to cheer the 
bulldogs on. 

One tradition that Greek weekend is especial- 
ly proud of, is the Greek worship service held on 
Sunday. This year, IFC and Lamda Chi member 
Matt Francisco worked to bring members of each 
Greek organization together to fellowship and 
worship. "It is a special time when all members 
of the Greek community, regardless of their 
affiliation, can come together and worship. This 
is important to Samford students," said Daniel 
Crane, senior Commander of Sigma Nu. 

Greek Weekend 2006 was a time that IFC and 
PHC claim to be the best part of the Greek year 
at Samford. It is a chance to show a unity among 
the community and display the great relation- 
ship that the Greeks have with each other and 
the rest of the Samford community. 


An All Relational Thin 

by Rachael Lamb 
Photo: Emily Sparks 
Spread: Nick Holdbrooks 

Every fall, hundreds of guys and girls sign 
up for a life-changing event called recruitment, 
when they decide which sorority or fraternity 
they would best fit into. Students in these or- 
ganizations spend hours on the collaborating of 
ideas, planning schedules, and most importantly 
being a good representation of Greek unity 
on campus. 

Besides the major task of putting on recruit- 
ment, Panhellenic and Inter-Fraternity Council 
members plan events throughout the year to bet- 
ter the reputation of Greek life and unite the 10 
Greek societies as a whole. 

Panhellenic president and senior family stud- 
ies major Sarah Wolf reflects on her experience 
with Greek Life. 

"It's just so cool to be connected to such a 
great network of people and opportunities.'' Wolf 
said. "I would never have been as involved on 
campus if 1 had not been motivated by the active 
role Greek life plays in this community." 

IFC President and junior biology major Nate 
Stenstrom talks about the importance of being 
on IFC. 

"IFC keeps the fraternities working 
to the fullest of their abilities," Stenstrom said. 
"We're a group of guys with talent, wit and 
good looks. We won eight out of the 10 pos- 
sible awards at the annual Southeastern Inter 
Fraternity Council, in which 250 schools across 
the southeast competed.'' 

This year, Panhellenic and IFC continued 
their three year involvement with McElwain 
Elementary through the Adopt-A-School pro- 
gram in which college Greeks build relationships 
through mentoring and tutoring over 70 children 
every week. 

They also help rebuild and repair the school 
itself. Greek Life held over several clean-up days 
this year and provided a $10,000 donation toward 
the building of a new playground at McElwain. 

IFC Public Relations chair and history and 
religion major Rob Howell talks about the 
positive influence the school has had on 
Samford students. 

"Samford's Greek Life commitment to 
McElwain Elementary School has been beneficial 
both to the school and to Samford Greek Life," 
Howell said. "As the Greek community contin- 
ues its three-year partnership, lives of students 
from both schools are positively influenced and 

Vice President of Recruitment and senior 
journalism major Emily Sparks talks about the 
positive Greek impact on the Birmingham com- 

"Being a member of Panhellenic has helped 
me see the bigger picture of Greek life," Sparks 
said. "By looking at ways to help the Greek sys- 
tem benefit as a whole, we have been working to 
make the community stronger through different 
events and programs such as the Drug Education 

Panhellenic and IFC provided convocation in 
support of drug education and awareness. Police 
officers brought attention to the problems and 
consequences that come along with doing 
illegal drugs. 

Vice President of Recruitment & RJio Gam- 
mas and senior English major Shelby Crowe says 
seeing the other side of rush has been a good 
experience for her. 

"I enjoy experiencing the other side of rush 
and being able to interact with the girls going 
through, without having a biased standpoint." 
Crowe said. 


Panhellenic and Greek Life members enjoy their time at McElwain Elementary School 

Sophomore history major and IFC member 
Grant Blackburn says that the council is more 
than meets the eye. 

"IFC is much more than just a group of guys 
that meet once a week to try and keep Samford's 
Fraternal groups organized," Blackburn said. "I 
feel like I can speak for the majority of Samford 
Greeks in saying that the community service 
projects IFC promotes such as McElwain 
Elementary and the Old Howard 100 help us to 
grow both as men and Christians." 

IFC contributed their time and money 
towards the annual Old Howard 100, a bike race 
held in Birmingham. Both groups have publi- 
cized many philanthropic events going on in 
Birmingham and Alabama. 

Sophomore elementary education major and 
Panhellenic Secretary Betsie Boggs discusses the 
unity among the sororities when it comes to be- 
ing in this sort of organization. 

"My favorite thing about being on Panhel- 
lenic is crossing the letters of sororities and truly 
being a part of a larger Greek community," Boggs 
said. "We are like our own sorority before and 
during rush, especially at Greek weekend. There 
is no competition, we're all friends." 

Boggs adds that Greek Life Director Dr. Frank 
Parsons has been fun to work with. 

"We greatly enjoy working with Dr. Parsons. 
Frank is a big help; plus he's like our dad." 


A Peek into Parsons' World 

by Rachael Lamb 
Photo: Bob Miller 
Spread: Austin Richardson 

Many professors and staff members 
at Samford are known for the dedication 
towards their work and their students. 
However, there is one individual who 
outshines the rest when it comes to commit- 
ment. Tucked away in the office of student 
involvement is a man who not only serves as 
the Director of Greek Life, but is in charge of 
many other organizations and events here on 
campus. Frank Parsons has served as the 
Director of Student Involvement for five 
years now and knows very well the meaning 
of service. He initiated the Adopt-A-School 
program with McElwain Elementary which is 
now upheld by Greek Life and has contrib- 
uted countless hours to making campus 
involvement what it is today. This was 
Frank's last year with us at Samford, but the 
students who knew him will never forget the 
impact that he had. 

QWhat is the purpose of Creek Life 
at Samfordi 

Alt is a great extracurricular 
activity and a unique outlet for 
campus and community involve- 
ment. It is an opportunity to be 
a part of something bigger than 
yourself. It's also a way to kind 
of have an identity and really be 
plugged in. Greek life is a great 
investment into a university. It is 
the kind of investment that will 
propel graduates to come back to 
visit Samford. 

QHow has Greek life changed since 
you've been herd 

Alt has gotten more focused, than 
years past, on what sororities 
and fraternities initially were 
meant to be like. There is more 
talk about community service, 
and the organizations are more 
academically sound. There is 
also more branching out into 
other leadership opportunities on 

Where do you see Creek life going 

in the future f 

A I see Greek life as an important 
part of Samford's future. I hope 
that as the undergraduate popu- 
lation continues to grow, the 
population among Greeks will 
as well. 

QDid you get hazed when you 
were in col 'lege i 

A I went to Auburn, and yes, I got 
hazed. I don't think it did a lot 
for my character, but it seemed 
a reasonable price to pay at the 
time. Part of it was fun and 
games; I have no scars, no stitch- 
es, no flesh wounds. Hazing was 
seen as a right of passage. Look- 
ing back, it really wasn't about 
building brotherhood, but I guess 
it takes a while to see that. 

QWhat did you think about Britney 
Blalock's article in the Crimson 
mentioning the Greek system's lack of 
Christian behavior^ 

A I really appreciate the opportu- 
nity to have discussion. Con- 
troversy is sometimes the spice 
of life. It was not an attack, but 
simply a difference in opinion. I 
sort of viewed her as an out- 
sider looking in; sometimes that 
perspective is not a full perspec- 
tive. Some people take notice of 
others talking as an expert when 
they're not necessarily an expert. 
I was pleased with the responses 
from students who are working 
hard at making Samford's Greek 
societies different than at other 
schools. To be characterized as 
something other than that is 
frustrating, because students 
take it personally. 

k What is your favorite thing 
about Samfordi 

The size, what Samford stands 
for, and how students hold each 
other accountable. I often won- 
der what it would've been like 
to come to Samford. It is a great 
experience for our students. Sam- 
ford is comparable to the Greek 
life, because of the many oppor- 
tunities for leadership, communi- 
ty service, academic and growing 
spiritually with your peers. All of 
that is woven into the fabric of 
Samford. Students are constantly 
being encouraged, supported, 
and challenged in all these areas. 
That may not be the same at a 
larger school. 

Qlf you could have any superpower, 
what would you havcC 

A The ability to see the future. 

Qlf you could be any celebrity, who 
would you be and whyi 

Charlton Heston. He's so tough 
and thick-skinned. He is always 
in some sort of catastrophe, but 
gets out of it and ends up saving 
the day. 

QWhat is 
favorite . 

A (Laughs) 

What is your 
favorite sorority' 




Rush Diary 

by Ashlyn Stallings 

Photo: Nick Holdbrooks, Bob Miller 

Spread: Austin Richardson 

I was raised in one of those deep-south cities, where words 
like sorority, fraternity, rush and squeal are steeped thick into 
our vernacular. Growing up, I couldn't have defined them for 
you, nor could I decipher the foreign language with which the 
clubs were labeled, but I knew it had to be a big deal. After 
all, despite my little-girl pleas, Dad would never let me in on 
his secret fraternity handshake, though it's not like I would 
have told anybody. 

But those letters started to un-muddle as I entered high 
school. Some girls seem bred for this kind of system, which 
became evident as the Greek whispers began our junior year. 
Word of squeal-worthy successes and horror-stories drifted 
back to the city social scene as our friends went off to huge 
southern state schools. Before summer began, the Greek 
alumnae in Montgomery had ensured that I had plenty of 
letters of recommendation sent to Samford. 

By the time I arrived on the fifth floor of Lena Vail Davis 
Hall, my best friends had already conquered Rush and pledged 
a sorority at Auburn and Alabama. They promised a fun 
experience, but admitted that Rush lived up to its whirlwind 
name. I had to wait three more weeks to be pushed out of 
my nest, but our newly formed bonds were strong enough 
for my friends and I to withstand Samford's Rush. I was 
ready to exchange a hug when I passed Greek upperclassmen 
I knew; stifling a "hey" and ducking our smiling faces was 
getting old. 

So halfway through September, we shuffled into Reid 
Chapel and soaked up Panhellenic's advice and instruction as 
they prefaced the upcoming weekend, right down to the out- 
fits we should select. We were divided into groups of about 
fifteen girls, "Rho Gams." they were called, each complete 
with a leader whose Greek affiliation was to remain a mystery 
during Rush. The group served as a microcosm of the Rush 
system, as each girl in my Rho Gam group was a little dif- 
ferent from the next. We ranged from sporty to glamorous, 
but we were looking for similar qualities: lasting friendship, 
Christ-centered relationships, role models, and obviously, op- 
portunities for fun. 

After wiggling through a day of classes, we pulled on 
Panhellenic issued t-shirts and curled/straightened our hair for 
Day 1: Philanthropy Day. I stood with my girls in Rho Gam 
Group #12. queued outside the first house on Sorority row. 
Suddenly, fists began banging on widows and grinning faces 
emerged in the windows around the door as sisters proudly 

shouted out their letters. After the initial shock, all the rush- 
ees took a collective deep breath and hustled inside the house 
to run our mouths with strangers for a quarter hour. We 
attended all five houses over two days, embracing a plethora 
of songs and videos while we learned about each sorority's 
selected philanthropy. We had multiple one-on-one conversa- 
tions as the sisters "rushed" us. I was loving every minute; 
how would I ever pick one if each house seemed loaded with 
cute girls that treated me like a celebrity^ But the second day 
my heart fell into a certain house, this one had to be my fit. I 
just hoped they didn't think the massive smile stuck across 
my face the whole time was weird. 

Day 3 approached, and crossing our fingers that this list 
would match our own rankings, we were handed slips of 
paper with the houses that wanted us back. Crestfallen faces 
were scattered amidst the beams other girls wore, but as a 
group, we were ready to tread on though Rush. This was 
Theme Day, and our crisp sundresses whisked into houses 
as we learned more about sisterhood. Overnight, the houses 
had transformed, each looking like a room I had never stepped 
foot in before. Lights, candles, and chiffon-swaged ceilings 
created whimsical and inviting atmospheres. It was a chal- 
lenge to remember that the decorations were temporary, and 
the conversations needed to be the true selling factor. By 
now, I was sold on "my" sorority, I had found the fun, Godly 
group of girls that I wanted to learn to become. The other 
houses I visited were amazing, but I couldn't help where my 
heart had already fallen. Once more, we ranked 
the sororities... 

Monday meant that Pref Day had finally arrived! We 
pranced over to West Campus in our classiest of dresses, anx- 
iously eager to discover the one or two houses that wanted 
more of us. I was happy to be asked back to my top two, 
but I knew that so much hinged on this important night. 
The sororities held a solemn attitude tonight; they would 
be showing us what it really meant to become one of them. 
The rushees were excited, apprehensive, bleary-eyed, and 
exhausted. As I set foot into my desired house that night, I 
couldn't have been more at peace. Everything felt right, and 
the tears running down my face only meant that I had found 
what I wanted. The other house also had stunning decora- 
tions and sweet girls, but every girl told me over and over, "Go 
with your heart." As I filled out my final rankings that night, 
I couldn't understand why some rushees seemed torn because 
I was so in love with my top choice. 

My Rho Gam stopped me the next day to tell me that I 
had indeed received a bid, but it could have been from either 
of the two houses I "preffed." Nerves ran rampant among all 


the rushees that Tuesday, and we were relieved to finally enter 
Bashinsky Fieldhouse at dusk. The gym was already stocked 
with people: sorority girls in color-coordinated groups on the 
floor were chanting, our parents along the sides with digital 
cameras ready, and guys leaning over the elevated track railing 
attempting to grasp this crazy ritual or maybe just to laugh. 
The members of Rho Gam Group #12 and I restlessly sat 
on our bid cards until we would be allowed to rip through 
the envelope. Finally, the countdown began and my fingers 
received an extra dose of adrenaline. Three... two... ONE! I 
slashed through the envelope and jerked out the card. I'm not 
quite sure if my scream came when I saw my name, the azure 
blue and white crest, or the name of my number one choice, 
but I now understand why it is called Squeal Day. As I ran 
over with my new pledge sisters and was showered with hugs 
from the sisters, I knew that this choice was perfect. 

I have to tip my hat to girls that survive rush at state 
schools; if five houses drained me, I would hate to see what 
sixteen could do. Samford's Rush was quite an experience. 
The bonds we developed were uniquely formed under bizarre 
circumstances. But perhaps that is why Rush is such a big 
deal down here; Southerners always have been associated 
with quirks and eccentricity. So I proudly flaunt my Greek let- 
ters, and finally I have my own secret handshake that I can't 
show to Dad. 

BELOW: A potential new member takes a first peek at her bid card. 
RIGHT: Alpha Delta Pi members cheer on the new girls on bid day. 




■ ■ 

Why I Didn't Rush 

by Kelley Cotten 
Photo: Bob Miller 
Spread: Austin Richardson 

When I came to Samford University as a wide-eyed 
freshman nearly two years ago, there were so many things 
I wanted to experience during my four years of college. I 
wanted to challenge myself intellectually and explore all of 
the various academic avenues that Samford provides with its 
wide array of majors. I wanted to grow in my independence 
and take full advantage of this opportunity to become a 
mature, responsible adult. Most of all. I wanted to form and 
develop significant, lasting friendships that would both uplift 
and sustain me throughout my years at Samford. 

Though my mother was not a member of any sorority 
during her years in college, my father was a member of a 
fraternity. He encouraged me to have an open mind regarding 
sororities and fraternities and to use Greek life as a means of 
fellowship with my peers. For this reason, I decided to rush 
during my freshman year at Samford. Though I had already 
developed strong friendships with some of the girls on my 
hall, I decided to rush in order to meet more people and 
perhaps make some more friends. My decision to rush and my 
acceptance as a member of my sorority have made my college 
experience everything I ever hoped for and more. 

Through my sorority, I have met some amazing women 
and made some of the most influential friendships of my life. 
However, I live with two girls who are not members of any 
Greek organization, so by no means have I limited myself to 
solely being friends with my sorority members. My room- 
mate did not rush her freshman year and this prompted me to 
wonder why some people rush and others do not. 

So. I decided to interview sophomore exercise science ma- 
jor Kristin Bartsokas in order to gain a better understanding of 
why someone would choose not to rush. Kristin did not rush 
her freshman year at Samford and has still been able to devel- 
op meaningful, lasting relationships with people who are both 
Greek and non-Greek. When I asked Kristin if she had been 
exposed to sororities and fraternities through her parents, she 
said, "No, my mother was not in a sorority when she was in 
school. She was an athlete, so she considered her teammates 
her sorority sisters in a way. I had originally thought about 
playing college basketball, and so I figured that my teammates 
would serve as my close-knit group of friends as well." When 
asked if there were any other reasons she did not rush, Kristin 
responded, "My parents told me that if I wanted to rush and 
be a member of a sorority, then I had to find a way to pay for 
it myself. I didn't see how I was going to be able to do that, so 
that really influenced my decision to not rush as well." 

When I asked Kristin if one of the reasons she did not rush 
had anything to do with disapproval of Greek organizations 
she said, "By no means am I anti-Greek. I have sought out 
relationships with girls in every sorority on campus as well 
as with non-Greeks. However, knowing now how stressful 
and emotional rush is, I definitely know 1 made the right 
decision for me in not rushing." I also asked her if there were 
ever times when she regretted having not rushed, to which 
she replied, "Yeah there are definitely times when I regret my 
decision to not rush. It's hard when a bunch of my friends 
are getting ready to go to a party and I am the only one who 
is not going. I am such a social, relational person, and I love 
being around people all the time, so part of me wonders some- 
times if I made a mistake in deciding not to rush. I also miss 
not getting to wear the really cool t-shirts that the sorority 
girls get." 

Finally, I asked if she felt that her decision had ever nega- 
tively affected her social life in any way and she said, "Being 
non-Greek has definitely not affected my social life in a bad 
way. I have still been able to build some really substantial 
relationships with both Greeks and non-Greeks here 
at Samford." 

So whether you choose to rush or not, Samford definitely 
provides an environment that is conducive to both Greeks 
and non-Greeks alike. 


Strong Opinions 

by Kelley Gotten 
Illustration: Donovan Harris 
Photo: Bob Miller 
Spread: Austin Richardson 

The opinion section of the September 27th issue of The Samford Crimson featured a somewhat controversial article by 
junior English major Britney Blalock. The article was entitled "Would Jesus join a fraternity 1 ?-" The article sparked a debate on 
Samford's campus regarding the role of Greek Life at a Christian University like Samford. In her article, Blalock posed the ques- 
tion, "How exactly does being in a sorority or fraternity fit into the Samford motto, 'For God, for learning, forever^'" Blalock 
quoted numerous Bible verses from First Corinthians and James 2, which emphasized the idea of inclusion and acceptance for 
all people in the kingdom of Christ. Blalock questioned whether exclusive, selective organizations such as sororities and frater- 
nities represent these Christian ideals of inclusion and acceptance. She stated in her article, "Other than being opposed to the 
generally nerve-racking way in which Rush is carried out, my main argument is that if God is given glory by accepting others 
(Romans 15:7), then how can social exclusion be used to worship Godi" 



Immediately following the publication of Blalock's article, 
an outpouring of response was printed in the opinion sec- 
tion of the October 4th issue of The Samford Crimson. Four 
articles, each in their own way, refuted the arguments of 
Blalock's argument. In one article entitled "A Word from an 
Avid Supporter," senior religion major Matt Francisco stated, 
"Britney Blalock's article condemned the Greek system at 
Samford for, among other things, being exclusive, a waste of 
money, uniform and worldly centered." Francisco denounced 
Blalock's argument by declaring that Jesus was himself the 
leader of an exclusive group known as the disciples. Jarred 
Griffin, a senior history and education major, stated in his 
response "Frats: Another mission field," "Throughout the Gos- 
pels, Jesus is found in fellowship with the same twelve men. 
Each of these twelve men learned something invaluable from 
the other eleven. Were they excluding others socially^" In an 
attempt to denounce Blalock's statement that Jesus would 
not join a fraternity, Lane Lofton, a junior history major, de- 
clared in his humorous rebuttal "Jesus goes Greek" that Jesus 
not only would join a fraternity if he were here today, but 
that in fact he has already joined a fraternity. Mr. Lofton then 
proceeded to list seventeen men whose first names happened 
to be Jesus, all of whom were Greek affiliates. Sophomore bi- 
ology/pre-med major Ashley Bonner stated in her article "Ad- 
dressing faulty assumptions." "In response to Britney's ques- 
tion of how often we see a multi-racial Greek organization at 
Samford. I would encourage her to actually look at some of 
the sororities and fraternities. My sorority in particular has a 
pledge class with at least four different ethnic groups." 

This interview was meant to give Blalock the opportunity 
to address some of the comments made by her fellow Sam- 
ford students. When asked what the purpose of her article 
was Blalock responded by saying, "The purpose of my article 
was to spark discussion, which I achieved, and I am happy 
about that." In response to Bonner's statement regarding the 
criticism of an organization that one is not involved with 
personally Blalock said, "We criticize politics everyday despite 
the fact that most of us are not politicians. We should be able 
to objectively critique any subject from an intellectual stand- 
point. I think an outside opinion is pivotal in the improve- 
ment of any organization or institution because an outsider is 
able to examine the bigger picture." When asked if she felt as 
though some of her words had been twisted in the rebuttals, 
Blalock responded, "In some aspects I do feel like my words 
have been twisted. I think if anyone read my article closely 
they would have realized that I was definitely not trying to 
condemn Greek Life at Samford. I feel like people at Samford 
have difficulty distinguishing between the idea and the per- 
son." When questioned about what she hoped to accomplish 
with her article Blalock said, "I didn't expect people to change 
their minds about Greek Life, I just wanted to provide Sam- 
ford students with a well-rounded view of the debate." 


Parties of the Year 

by Jessica Casto 

Photos: Courtesy of Greek Organizations 

Spread: Austin Richardson 

From intramurals to philanthropies. Greek Life keeps many students 
pretty busy at Samford. However, there's one thing the Greeks pride 
themselves on and that's throwing a decent party. When sororities and fra- 
ternities take a break from their schedules and put on their dancin' shoes, 
everyone's bound to have a good time. Here's a rundown of some of the 
best events at Samford this year. 

Alpha Delta Pi 

Although the sisters of Alpha Delta Pi are known for holding fun and 
exciting parties year round, one party in particular stood out this spring. 
On April 20. 2007 at the Birmingham Country Club, the sisters of Alpha 
Delta Pi held their Black Diamond Formal. The Black Diamond Formal 
happens only once during a member's four years in Alpha Delta Pi. The 
Black Diamond Formal is also even more formal than any other party for 
ADPi. There is even a dress code for this party. Every sister is required 
to wear a black, white or a black and white dress. Junior ADPi Heather 
Mackey said, "Black Diamond Formal is really special because it only hap- 
pens once. It was so much fun." 

Alpha Omicron Pi 

They refer to themselves as AOCutiePi's." and a Facebook album 
glance at Fall Ball 2006 proves the saying is true. The new pledge class of 
Alpha Omicron Pi voted on a Kentucky Derby theme for the annual ball — a 
traditional kick-off to the sorority's party calendar. Sisters in sundresses 
and wide-brim hats twirled with their appropriately preppy dates at the 
Birmingham Museum of Art. According to 2006 President Kathryn Lamb, 
the sunflower and daisy-decked room provided everyone a place to "have a 
great time mingling and dancing." 

Chi Omeea 

Trying something new, the sisters of Chi Omega put on a two-night 
event for their most memorable party this year. Going from Rags to Riches. 
Chi O started out with a bonfire and dance party in the woods the first 
night. The following night, the girls became glamorous for their formal at 
the Birmingham Museum of Art. "Chi Omega knows how to throw a good 
party, and when you get us all together, it is so much fun," one sister said. 
Going out to eat and watching the reaction on people's faces is one of the 
most fun things about having a themed party. "Our group went to Cracker 
Barrel dressed in our rags and we looked ridiculous, so this man came up to 
us and asked us why we were dressed like that and asked us to take a pic- 
ture with him," said junior Lauren Steele. Many parties and social events 
are planned throughout the year as a fun outlet to get everyone together. 


Phi Mu's first party of the year was their 80's themed pledge bash at Workplay. Everyone was there including an 80's cover 
band, Delta Bourke from the Golden Girls and an 80-year old grandmother; after all, it was an 80's party. This party was 
fun because of the wide variety of costume choices. Salvation Army and Goodwill were great places to go shopping for great 
costume choices. Workplay was a great place to host their party because you could either dance or sit at a booth and talk with 
friends or your date. Another enjoyable part of this party was dinner before the party. Everyone took their dates out to dinner, 
but anywhere you went you would be looked at funny because of the crazy costumes. Sophomore Ashlyn Delianides said, "I 
loved the venue. I loved the band and I love my sisters, so how can you not have fun£" 

Zeta Tau Alpha 

The Zeta Social Chairs Annie Murphree and Amanda May took their positions wanting to throw creative, unique and origi- 
nal parties. Beginning with pledge bash in the fall to celebrate the incoming of new members, Zeta's party was called "Jewels 
in the Crown." The theme referred to the British occupation in the West Indies, which allowed for a cultural experience. The 
party included camels, a monkey, a python, a pheasant, cashmere goats and even catering by an authentic Indian restaurant. By 
covering a wide variety of themes and locations, Zeta's parties were no doubt unique and original this year. 

Lambda Chi Alpha 

Lambda Chi Alpha kicked off the party season in October and donned costumes for a Triple X Halloween party with Sigma 
Chi and Chi Omega. As fall faded, December's wintry weather was perfect for formal. Brothers and their dates were elegantly 
dressed for the Robert Trent Jones Clubhouse atmosphere. Tans from Spring Break emerged from under safari clothes as broth- 
ers bonded with fellow Greeks from Pi Kappa Phi and Alpha Delta Pi. The three organizations united for a Jungle-esque party 
held at the Lambda Chi house. Brothers generously grilled hot-dogs and hamburgers for their Greek friends, which was fol- 
lowed by dancing inside a decked-out room in the house. Bamboo and grass covered walls, bringing the safari theme full-circle, 
and the Lambda Chi party circuit as well. 


Pi Kappa Phi 

While other fraternities and sororities hold their formals at The Bir- 
mingham Country Club or The Summit Club, Pi Kappa Phi decided to take 
their spring formal to a whole new level this year. This year, the brothers 
of Pi Kappa Phi held their annual Spring Formal at Perdido Beach Resort in 
Perdido Beach, Florida. The formal was held on Saturday, April 14, and Pi 
Kapp chartered buses to transport all the brothers and their dates down to 
the party. Although the drive was long, the trip was definitely worth the 
ride. For the music, the brothers hired a band by the name of High Tide 
Blues. According to some of the brothers, the band gave a really good show 
filled with lots of college-style music. Junior Harrison Irons said, "I really 
enjoyed this party. I think the idea of having it at the beach really made it 
special. At the resort, we were able to walk outside and take pictures on 
the beach. It was definitely a party I will never forget!" 

Sigma Chi 

This year, Sigma Chi's formal was held at none other than the Vulcan. 
The weather was perfect and clear for the elevator ride to the top of the 
Vulcan to watch the sunset with your date. The view from the top of the 
Vulcan lets you see all of Birmingham in its beauty and glory. Dinner was 
catered by Cafe Iz and was enjoyed by everyone. After an intimate dinner 
with two other couples, the band started playing and rocked late into the 
night. Intice kept everyone enjoying the party and dancing all night long. 
"We used formal as a way to thank the graduating seniors for what they 
have done for the fraternity and their brothers," says one of the party plan- 
ners, Christian Corts. 

Sigma Nu 

Sigma Nu had their annual Family Tradition date party in the fall 
semester. Their formal was held on April 20, and they had two mixers, one 
with Zeta Tau Alpha and one with Chi Omega. 




above: Some sisters from Alpha Delta Pi pose for the picture, 
below: Chi Omega's girls get ready to go to their formal. 


above: Sisters from Phi Mu put on their pretty faces. 

below: One of many couples having a great time at the Zeta Tau Alpha Formal. 


above: A handful of brothers from Pi Kappa Phi get together before their formal. 


Alpha Delta Pi: Keepin' Busy 


by Kelley Cotten 

Photo: Courtesy of Alpha Delta Pi 

Spread: Austin Richardson 

The sisters of Alpha Delta Pi have had a very busy year with regards 
to raising money for their philanthropy and bringing exciting, interesting 
speakers and events to Samford. 

On November 13, 2007 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., the sisters of 
Alpha Delta Pi sponsored Beth Holloway Twitty to speak at Samford. The 
event was open campus-wide and held in Reid chapel. The event was an 
enormous success and there was standing room only in Reid Chapel. The 
sisters also hosted a reception for Beth Twitty after her presentation. 

Also last semester, the sisters of Alpha Delta Pi sponsored a golf tourna- 
ment to raise money for their philanthropy which is the Ronald McDonald 
House. This golf tournament was another big success for the sisters of Al- 
pha Delta Pi. It brought in over 110,000 for the Ronald McDonald House. 

Their next idea was even more exciting than all of this. On April 5. 
2007, the sisters of Alpha Delta Pi hosted a campus wide bingo tourna - 
ment in the cafeteria. Not only was there bingo, but this event also 
included an all-you-can-eat pancake dinner. The cafeteria along with the 
Samford administration graciously agreed to donate all of their supplies 
and services in making the pancakes. The president of Alpha Delta Pi, 
junior Amy Almand, said, "We really appreciate the cafeteria and the Sam- 
ford administration donating their supplies and services to help us make 
the pancakes. That is such a blessing because that way, all the money we 
raise will be able to go directly to the Ronald McDonald House." 

Another really exciting thing concerning the sisters of Alpha Delta Pi 
involves a very famous pageant known as the Miss America Pageant. One 
of the Samford ADPi chapter's own members, formerly Miss Samford, 
Melinda Toole, won Miss Alabama and therefore went on to compete in 
the Miss America Pageant. Melinda was voted Miss Congeniality and also 
placed in the top five out of all of the contestants. 

From bringing internationally renown speakers to hosting campus wide 
bingo tournaments, all-you-can-eat pancake dinners and golf tourna - 
ments, the Samford community can always rely on the sisters of Alpha 
Delta Pi to enrich the communal life here at Samford. 


Alpha Kappa Alpha: Sugar and 
Spice Make Everything Nice 

by Ashlyn Stallings 

Photos: Courtesy of Alpha Kappa Alph 

Spread: Austin Richardson 

A trek into the Samford Food Court one sunny week in April revealed 
an array of sweet treats. Chocolate frosting oozed over the lips of cupcake 
containers next to a Mississippi mud-like dessert. The sisters of Alpha 
Kappa Alpha had stayed up late the previous night cooking the sweet 
confectionaries for their annual bake sale. 

Jessie Madison, a counseling major, laughed when asked how many 
hours she put into baking the goods, and smiled as she listed the organiza- 
tions that the money would benefit. The March of Dimes and the Salva- 
tion Army were among the groups named. The sorority has also relied on 
the bake sale in the past to raise money for their philanthropy, the Sickle 
Cell Foundation. 

As part of its service to the Sickle Cell Foundation, AKA strives to make 
people aware of the disease and how it affects the community using educa- 
tional displays and handouts. AKA continues its service through devotion 
to increasing minority recruitment for Samford. in conjunction with 
promoting the importance of higher education with the annual Minority 
Recruitment Banquet for outstanding minority students in Birmingham 
city schools chosen by faculty and counselors. 

Founded on the basis of service to all humanity, enriching college life 
and promoting high scholastic and ethical standards, the sorority contin- 
ues to uphold these standards and to seek out new ones. Improving social 
and economic conditions locally nationally and internationally are aims of 
the sorority 

At the bake sale in April, the salmon pink and apple green jerseys 
proudly displayed the sisters' letters while colorful signs explained dona- 
tions to Samford students passing through the food court. After a quick 
glance at the table stacked with containers of homemade treats coated in 
pink frosting, it's deliciously obvious why the event is an annual one for 
the AKA girls. 



Alpha Omicron Pi: 
Oh What Fun It Is to Run 

by Ashlyn Stallings 

Photos Courtesy of Alpha Omicron Pi 

Spread: Austin Richardson 

On a chilly December morning when most Samford students were 
nestled snug in their beds, the sisters of Alpha Omicron Pi were literally up 
and running. Slumber in downtown Birmingham was gently wakened by 
a mysterious reindeer-esque sound. The Jingle Bell Run/Walk is a nation- 
wide annual tradition organized by the Arthritis Foundation, AOPi's target 
philanthropy. The girls have helped sponsor and work the festive event for 
years, an action mirrored by fellow AOPi sisters across the nation. 

To help fight the nation's number one cause of disability, participants 
ran or walked a five kilometer route. Two-leg contestants and a few four 
leg contestants trotted across Underwood Park located in the Birmingham 
Metro Area. Some runners wore jingle bells tied to their shoelaces, while 
others showed up in holiday themed costumes. The Samford Cross Coun- 
try Team even donned reindeer costumes and ran in a line formation that 
would impress St. Nick himself. 

The Samford AOPi sisters met up with AOPi's from University of Ala- 
bama at Birmingham and Birmingham-Southern College. After setting up 
tables and slicing fresh fruit, the girls began to pass out refreshments to the 
runners and walkers. Panera Bread Bagels and hot chocolate were comfort 
food for the participants on such a blustery morning, but the gracious 
girls reached into chilly ice buckets in order to serve tea as well. Freshmen 
Kathryn Galphin and Emma Breeden enjoyed the experience, but say they 
were definitely thankful for the heat lamps. 

AOPi promotes several strategies in order to raise awareness for 
juvenile arthritis. At the first of the year, some members of the Samford 
community were greeted with hot plates of spaghetti. Hungry students 
donated money to the cause and received a dinner sponsored by Carrabba's 
or Olive Garden in return. 

The sisters also rely on the yearly event "Strike Out Arthritis" to help 
raise funds for the foundation. Although rain prevented the event from 
taking place this year, sponsors were glad to donate to the cause. Dona- 
tions to the Arthritis Foundation are collected to help prevent, control and 
cure arthritis. 

Every dollar raised brings America one step closer to the cure, and AOPi 
jumps at every opportunity to aid the Arthritis Foundation. Even if it 
means being chilled for hours in a Birmingham Park on an icy morning, the 
sisters of Alpha Omicron Pi are dedicated to the philanthropy 
they support. 

Chi Omeea: More Than Sisters 

by Allyson Dewell 

Photos: Courtesy of Chi Omega 

Spread: Austin Richardson 

With the liveliness of cardinal red and straw 
yellow, the sisters of Chi Omega fill Samford's 
campus with a spirit that is unique to their orga- 
nization. Embodying every aspect of Greek life, 
Chi O has a well-known presence that continues 
to flourish with the acceptance of new members 
each fall. 

Why is Chi Omega unique^ The sisters do 
not look at their organization as just Greek 
letters; they describe their organization as 
a blessing to their college experience. Their 
organization provides an opportunity to become 
a woman worth aspiring towards by having 
encouraging friendships with girls that are each 
different. The sisters of Chi Omega are a strong 
group of girls that build each other up with 
astounding encouragement. Chi O sophomore 
Betsy Martin professes, "You can attempt any- 
thing and know that your sisters are supporting 
you through it all." 

Each sister in Chi Omega has unique gifts 
and talents that are represented across campus. 
Junior Lauren Steele states, "We are involved all 
over campus and that makes us unique because 
we do not just unite as a sorority, but we are 
dispersed in many other areas of campus." 
Though they have a wide range of majors and an 
extensive array of ways they represent them- 
selves across campus, they bind well together. 
A sister describes, "Though we are all different, 
when you put us together the product is some- 
thing bigger than anything we are separately." 
The diversity of the Chi Omega sisterhood is 
something that is treasured because of the many 
strengths that it brings to their sorority. 

Sisterhood stories are priceless to soror- 
ity life. Sophomore Hayden Hamnck shares a 
memory, "At our new member retreat, a group 
of girls (that are now some of my best friends) 
randomly made a pallet together and stayed up 
all night just getting to know each other. This 
was the first time that I really felt a part of 
Chi Omega.'' Memories created within the Chi 
Omega sisterhood do not just stay on Samford's 
campus. The girls take road trips together, plan 

vacations together or just enjoy being with each 
other outside of school. 

Not only are the sisters of Chi Omega 
involved on Samford's campus, they also par- 
ticipate in activities nationally as well as in the 
Alabama community. Fall semester, the organi- 
zation was able to help a little boy that suffered 
from a disease that hindered his motor senses 
to develop allowing him to have the ability to 
only swallow and blink. Ten of the sisters were 
able to present a big screen television and DVDs 
to him. "It was a blessing to be able to give to a 
family in need, but even more to be able to see 
the joy that we brought to their lives through 
our fundraiser for the Make a Wish Foundation," 
one sister describes. Chi O is also involved with 
the Big Oak Ranch. Recently they have planned 
a High School Musical movie party, an Easter eg£ 
hunt and a cookout. 

Chi Omega gives many unique contribu- 
tions to the Samford community. With their 
strong sense of sisterhood, diverse members and 
involvement m the community Chi O provides 
many unique attributes. "The heart of Chi 
Omega is genuine and real. No one comes into 
this organization and conforms, but rather this 
organization takes you in and encourages you 
to be more of the woman you are. This is what 
makes Chi Omega stand out." 



Delta Sigma Theta: 
Kind of a Big Deal 

by Ryan Posniak 

Photo. Courtesy of Delta Sigma Theta 

Spread: Austin Richardson 

The saying "good things come in small packages" not only 
applies to gifts, but it also describes Samford's chapter of Delta 
Sigma Theta as well. Currently, the chapter is made up of only 
two members, but the sisters of Delta Sig have a passion for their 
sorority that outweighs all larger packages. 

Delta Sigma Theta was founded at Howard College on Janu- 
ary 13, 1913. Twenty-two women wanted to use their strengths 
to provide assistance to those in need and to promote academic 
excellence. The first time that the women of Delta Sigma Theta 
came together publicly was for the Woman's Suffrage March in 
Washington D.C. in March 1913. The sorority was incorporated 
in 1930 and is a private and non-profit organization that provides 
services and programs that promote human welfare. 

Delta Sigma Theta has over 200,000 members and has over 
900 chapters. These chapters are located all over the world includ- 
ing the United Sates, Tokyo, Japan, Okinawa, Germany, Bermuda, 
the Bahamas, Seoul, Korea and in the U.S. Virgin Islands. 

Delta Sigma Theta has a five point program: Economic Devel- 
opment, Educational Development, International Awareness and 
Involvement, Physical and Mental Health and Political Awareness 
and Involvement. Their five point program is the major program 
of the sorority. 

This past year, the woman of Delta Sigma Theta traveled to 
Philadelphia for a week for their National Convention. Every 
chapter in the world was there for the event. They talked about 
pressing issues in the community. 

This year was the first time Angelique Turner attended the 
National Convention. She said, "It was eye opening to see so 
many women engaged in so many prevalent issues, getting to the 
heart of things we deal with everyday." 

This year, the girls also spent a weekend helping local voters 
with registration and education. They were ready and willing to 
help educate young voters about the city wide elections. 



Phi Mu: Makeover Home Edition 

by Ryan Posniak 

Photos Courtesy of Phi Mu 

Spread. Austin Richardson 

About a year ago. Phi Mu member Mary 
Michael Joiner was approached by Phi Mu's 
housing directors about being in charge of an 
exciting new project, redecorating Phi Mu's 
chapter room. This junior nursing major was 
chosen to head the project because she had men- 
tioned working on it previously and the girls said 
that Joiner had a very well organized and color 
coordinated room. Therefore, they figured she 
would be great for the job. 

This project was Joiner's first time to redeco- 
rate a space and she went into it having no idea 
what to expect. She figured it would be a simple 
task; she would get money to decorate a room, 
pick what she liked and then hire people to do it. 
simple. Little did she know that the project she 
thought would take three months would take 
about a year to complete. 

The project started by getting forms from 
Nationals about the redecorating process. Joiner 
chose and put together all of the samples for the 
floor, walls and furniture fabrics. She also had 
to get two to three estimates a piece for every- 
thing that was to be changed or altered in any 
way. She also hired movers to clear out the room 
during remodeling and was constantly in touch 
with their Chapter Advisor and Financial Advi- 
sor. Joiner never thought to gather a committee 
to help her because she thought it would be a 
simple task. However, as the project grew, she 
had to recruit a few close friends to help her out, 
which was easy because she always had Phi Mu 
girls in the house to help. 

The best part for Joiner was the opportunity 
to be the one who got to make the decisions 
about the new chapter room. She enjoyed pick- 
ing the colors and fabrics. When she started the 
project, she knew that she wanted to choose 

colors that reflected Phi Mu's personality as a 
whole. She says that the girls in her chapter 
inspired her choice for the decor. The colors she 
chose were happy, young, fun, exciting, bright, 
cheerful, friendly and laid back. She hoped that 
people would feel welcome in the Phi Mu house 
and that they would feel "at home." 

With these thoughts in mind, she set out to 
design the house and here is what she came up 
with. She thought that people should be taken 
by surprise when they walk in the door, so she 
chose a bright raspberry pink color for the foyer. 
The parlor room and chapter room are a butter 
cream color which is more calming and serene. 
Once she chose the colors, it was easy for her 
to find the tan fabric to go along with it. The 
chapter room is an easy place to relax in because 
of the decor. It almost feels like you're at the 
beach. Accent pillows and wall decor also give 
the chapter room a great feeling. 

Joiner said, "In the end, I think everyone was 
really happy with the results. It was definitely a 
huge transition from what we had before, but I 
think we all feel a little more at home here now." 




Zeta Tau Alpha: 
No Less Than Exceptional 

by Emily Sparks 

Photos: Courtesy of Zeta Tau Alpha 

Spread Austin Bichardson 

Zeta Tau Alpha has successfully completed 
another year of service, sisterhood and socials. 
The members have worked hard to put together 
various events to raise awareness and funds 
for their national philanthropy the Susan G. 
Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and Breast 
Cancer Research and Awareness. They have also 
supported the all-Greek community service by 
participating in tutoring and clean-up days at 
McElwain Elementary. Zeta sent volunteers to 

the Mercedes Marathon, Habitat for Humanity. 
Old Howard 100 and Boo at the Zoo as well. 
Their efforts in the area of service have been no 
less than exceptional. 

Although Zeta is involved in a variety of 
service-based organizations, the members invest 
the majority of their time in the Susan G. Ko- 
men Breast Cancer Foundation. "We love our 
philanthropy because it is very feminine and it 
is something that has affected almost every Zeta 
member in one capacity or another," says Zeta 
President Brittany Gray. One ongoing project 
to support the Foundation is collecting Yoplait 
yogurt lids honoring the brand's commitment 


to donate ten cents for every lid collected to the 
Susan G. Komen Foundation. This year, Zeta 
continued with tradition making "Think Pink" 
baskets for cancer patients. Each basket is filled 
with pink items such as stuffed animals, stress 
balls, lotions, finger nail polishes, shower cards, 
brochures and candy. The "Think Pink" Chair. 
Katie Cotten, delivers the baskets to hospitals in 
Birmingham on behalf of the chapter. 

In March. Zeta initiated a "Storm the 
Dorms" effort to increase awareness of breast 
cancer around campus. The members handed 
out pink cookies and information about breast 
cancer to women in sorority quad, Vail, Beeson 
Woods, the food court, the Cafe and the library. 
"Storm the Dorms' was very successful and 
caught the attention of many students around 
campus," said Gray. "We wanted to make our 
philanthropy more apparent on Samford's cam- 
pus. Breast cancer can affect women of all ages, 
and we felt that targeting the college women on 
campus would have a great impact. Our main 
goal was to remind girls to do breast self-exam 
and have their check ups." 

The annual Mr. Samford pageant on April 12 
was another way for Zeta to raise money for the 
Susan G. Komen Foundation. Besides requiring 
a fee for participants and an entrance fee for 
the event, Zeta also made monthly calendars 
featuring each participant in hopes of raising 
generous funds to donate to the Foundation. The 
calendars went on sale across campus, reaching 
faculty, staff and students. 

Aside from fundraiser events, Zeta has placed 
a special emphasis on sisterhood this year. Their 
efforts proved successful when the chapter 
brought home the "Zeta Tau Alpha Sisterhood 
Award" at Zeta Day on February 17 in Birming- 
ham. The chapter went to the Dawson Retreat 
Center to spend time overnight together. Each 
Monday night, sisters gather to cook dinner for 
one another. Other events include watching 
Grey's Anatomy every week in their chapter 
room, tailgating before football games. Bible 
studies and accountability groups. Each of these 
events brings the sisters together, allowing them 
to grow closer to one another and appreciate the 
bond of sisterhood. 


Lambda Chi Alpha: Holding Court 

byAshlyn Stallings 

Photo: Courtesy of Lambda Chi Alpha 

Spread: Austin Richardson 

It was all spikes and sets for the Greek community one sparkling Saturday in 
April. Perhaps it was for the glory of winning, or maybe the waterslide, but either 
way, many Samford students spent hours on a sunny day playing volleyball. The 
brothers of Lambda Chi Alpha held a beach volleyball tournament on April 28 th 
to raise money for Kid One, their target philanthropy The round-robin tourna- 
ment took advantage of the court adjacent to the Lambda Chi house. It featured 
co-ed and all-girls teams vying for titles, as MVP, Runner-up and other trophies 
were up for grabs. 

The sky could not have been clearer — last year's rain was a long ago circum- 
stance. Drew Davis impressively planned the event, which he began working 
on months before. A DJ kept tunes blaring all day, motivating participants 
and spectators alike. The brothers of Sigma Chi and sisters of Zeta Tau Alpha 
claimed bragging rights in their respective categories. The Lambda Chi's were 
welcomed on the courts as well: Michael Shorrosh was fond of his role as score- 
keeper, while Bill Kirkland enjoyed playing in the games. 

As the night fell, a bonfire was sparked and even more fraternity and sorority 
members came to the Lambda Chi house. Sub sandwiches and burgers hot off 
the grill were available to all. Katie Lackey, intramural chair for Alpha Delta Pi, 
was pleased that "everyone mixed together," and noted that the brothers "were 
excited about the tournament." 

Kid One is an innovative program specific to Alabama, serving to transport 
children and expectant mothers who don't have transportation to medical care. 
As Lambda Chi supports Kid One, it helps expand the 32 county regions into 
all 67 Alabama counties. Children are able to attend routine medical checkups, 
dental screenings and mental or emotional health services because of Kid One. 
The event raised S700 for Lambda Chi's philanthropy. Drew Davis also hopes 
that "the tournament will only get bigger, building from the past year," and 
commented that "it has given Lambda Chi a great chance to give Kid One more 
recognition and make the fraternity more visible on campus." The success of the 
beach volleyball tournament was not only beneficial to Kid One, but the Samford 
Greek community as students enjoyed a leisurely Saturday. 



Pi Kappa Phi: Pushing for a Cause 

by Kelley Cotten 

Photo. Courtesy of Pi Kappa Phi 

Spread: Austin Richardson 

The brothers of Pi Kappa Phi are known around campus for many dif- 
ferent things such as the way they "boo" each other during Step Sing or 
their amazing formals at the beach. But there's one thing that the 
brothers of Pi Kappa Phi really want to stand out for, and that's their 
charity organization. 

Pi Kappa Phi's charity organization is the Push America Foundation. 
Push America was founded in 1977 by the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity as a ser- 
vice to help enhance the lives of those with disabilities, especially children. 
The brothers of Pi Kappa Phi hold leadership conferences every year in 
order to spread and discuss the importance of understanding and excepting 
people with disabilities on college campuses. 

Throughout the year, the brothers of Pi Kappa Phi work to raise funds 
and awareness for the Push America foundation. The brothers of Pi Kappa 
Phi are still, to this day, the only Greek organization to develop and main- 
tain its own National philanthropy. 

The brothers of Samford's chapter of Pi Kappa Phi have developed their 
own unique fundraising strategies over the years. The most successful 
fundraiser the brothers have done in the past years is their homecoming 
weekend fundraiser. During homecoming weekend, the brothers of Pi 
Kappa Phi take turns pushing each other around in a wheelchair all over 
campus. They choose to do this because it allows the brother in the wheel- 
chair to experience what life would be like if he were disabled. Also, while 
pushing the wheelchair all over campus, the brothers of Pi Kappa Phi seek 
to spread knowledge about the importance of understanding that people 
with disabilities are first and foremost just people. Each brother takes a 
turn either riding in the wheelchair or pushing the wheelchair as they ask 
for donations to help support Push America for the many years to come. 

Homecoming weekend is an ideal time for the brothers of Pi Kappa Phi 
to spread awareness about Push America because there are a lot of people 
on Samford's campus. This past year, the brothers of Samford's chapter 
of Pi Kappa Phi raised over SI, 000 for Push America during homecoming 
weekend alone. The brothers of Pi Kappa Phi are not only passionate about 
their parties and brotherhood, but also about supporting their 
national philanthropy. 


Sigma Chi Sweeps Up 

by Ryan Posniak 

Photo Courtesy of Sigma Chi 

Spread: Austin Richardson 

This year at Greek Awards, Sigma Chi walked away with several highly esteemed awards. One of 
the highest awards being Outstanding Chapter of the Year. This award recognizes a Greek organiza- 
tion that has been involved in several different projects and that has raised the bar yet again. The 
Outstanding Chapter of the Year award has only been given out two times in the past four years and 
the Pi Chapter of Sigma Chi has won both times. 

After several grueling seasons of different sports including flag football, soccer and softball. Sigma 
Chi also took the award for intramurals. They won the Intramural All-Sports award. Over the years, 
the guys of Sigma Chi have won more all-sports awards than any other male Greek organization on 

Alumni have a large role in the success of a Greek organization, and in this case, the alumni of 
the Pi Chapter of Sigma Chi helped their active members win yet another award, the Outstanding 
Alumni Newsletter. 

Grade point average awards were big for Sigma Chi this year as well. They took three GPA 
awards home to their house: Highest New Member GPA. Highest Overall GPA and Chapter Above 
All-Fraternity GPA Average. 

The men of Sigma Chi also took home an award for their amazing fundraising for their philan- 
thropy, the Children's Miracle Network. The men of Sigma Chi raised over $10,000 for Children's 
Miracle Network through their philanthropy event Derby Days. Derby Days is a week-long event of 
different activities such as a scavenger hunt and field day. This year ADPi. AOPi. ChiO. Phi Mu. ZTA. 
Independent Ladies and other outside contributors participated to help raise money. All of the organi- 
zations enjoy Derby Days and the guys have such enthusiasm for their teams and for their fraternity. 
Their passion and excitement for the event keeps everyone pumped for the entire week. 

Sigma Chi also helped raise money for McElwain Elementary School. The school has been on the 
verge of closing, but thanks to the efforts of Sigma Chi along with the rest of the Greek commu- 
nity, the school is still open. Several of the guys from Sigma Chi also go and help tutor the children 
at McElwain. Recently, money raised by Greek Life was able to purchase a new playground for the 

The men of Sigma Chi have accomplished a lot this year and nothing less is expected out of this 
amazing group for next year. Ben Buchanan, Sigma Chi President, said. "We are excited about our 
success this year. Personally. I'm glad the Greek community recognizes all the hard work we've put 
into this campus and into our brotherhood." 

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Siema Nu: Moving Forward 

by Rachael Lamb 

Photos: Courtesy of Sigma Nu 

Spread: Austin Richardson 

The Iota chapter of Sigma Nu is making strides to better 
themselves as a fraternity. They are doing a better job of rais- 
ing money for their philanthropy. St. Jude Children's Hos- 
pital, and have even added a new charity to their name, the 
Christopher Reeve Foundation. 

Former Commander Daniel Crane says the fraternity is 
striving to make improvements. 

"In the last year, Sigma Nu has been making great strides 
to improve in several areas." Crane said. "We are really work- 
ing to improve our academics and athletics and increase our 
community service. We raised several thousand dollars for 
charity and we hope to win the community service award 
again this year." 

This year, the fraternity that has been on campus the 
longest started a new philanthropy project called the Charity 
Bowl. In May they played Pi Kappa Phi in a baseball game 
to raise money for the Christopher Reeve Foundation. They 
received the idea from Ole Miss, who started the tradition 15 
years ago. 

Sigma Nu also held their annual Sigma Nusball in Novem- 
ber, which raised over $8,000 for the philanthropy St. Jude 
Children's Hospital. Four sororities competed against each 
other in a flag football tournament, and wrote letters to their 
families, friends and Samford professors, asking for donations 
to the hospital. The Iota chapter was behind only the Univer- 

sity of Minnesota in making the most money in the nation 
for their Sigma Nusball. 

They also helped build houses for Habitat for Humanity 
and participated in the Cystic Fibrosis Walkathon. 

Senior biology major and Lieutenant Commander Ike 
Baker says the diversity within the fraternity has extended 
this year. 

"This year, we have had a greater diversity in our mem- 
bers," Baker said. "I feel we have tried to break the stereotype 
people have of us. We are just good all around people." 

Sophomore accounting major Parker Gilbert said the 
brothers of Sigma Nu are striving to be the best this year. 

"We have always had a really committed and strong group 
of guys," Gilbert said. "We have made a lot of verbal commit- 
ments, but now we are actually doing them. We are working 
toward our goal of becoming the best Sigma Nu chapter in 
the nation." 

Gilbert said the skills he has learned by being in a frater- 
nity have helped him in other areas of his life. 

"The opportunities I've been able to do in college through 
service and fellowship, such as volunteering for St. Jude and 
McElwain, were made possible by being in a fraternity." 
Gilbert said. "Because I am the Senior IFC representative and 
have gained a lot of business skills from being a Sigma Nu. 
these things will help me down the road." 

Senior biology major Michael Dove says the relationships 
that he has made while in the fraternity are what make it 

"As a senior, I value the fraternity more than before 
because I realize how great the relationships I've made have 
been," Dove said. "It's not about the name Sigma Nu itself, 
the name alone means nothing - it's about the guys in it." 

Crane said he has learned so much by being a part of 
Sigma Nu. 

"Sigma Nu has been a great experience for me." Crane 
said. "My fraternity brothers are some of my best friends. 
and we have a lot of fun together. In the last year, I had the 
opportunity to be the Commander of Sigma Nu and it was an 
incredible learning experience." 

"I have some best friends from home that I've known for 
20 years, and in two years time, I've gotten just as close with 
my friends from the fraternity," Gilbert agreed. 




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The Prater Famil 


Sigma Phi Epsilon: 
Building on Brotherhood 

by Allyson Dewell 

Photos: Courtesy of Sigma Phi Epslion 

Spread : Austin Richardson 

Though small in numbers, Sigma Phi Epsilon is full of virtue, diligence 
and brotherly love. Nationally, SigEp is one of the largest organizations 
with 275 chapters across the country that Samford's chapter will contribute 
to more and more as the brothers continue to grow. 

SigEp is a strong organization on campus holding many of the same 
values as the other fraternities. These values include developing gentleman, 
scholars, athletes and leaders, but their rush process varies from most. 

Junior Austin Richardson states, "We are the most diverse brotherhood 
on campus. We do not sign people to become a SigEp, we sign people be- 
cause they already are SigEps. They just don't know it yet." Upon signa- 
ture, the new brothers do not have to pledge, they have full access to all of 
the membership privileges. With these many characteristics that set SigEp 
apart from the rest, they plan on growing in number and gaining a reputa- 
tion on campus as one of the best fraternities at Samford. 

In the midst of their struggle to stay on campus, SigEp has lasting broth- 
erhoods because they accept the individuality of the brothers. The guys 
frequently have campouts, road trips to each other's hometowns, cookouts, 
mud football games and date nights. One brother said, "Our struggle has 
brought us closer to each other and our alumni. Even though we are the 
smallest organization on campus, we have the best friendships anyone 
could ask for. It is a connection as soon as you sign a bid, or meet one of the 
guys. We just can't explain it." 

Spending time with each other, whether all together or just around cam- 
pus, the guys have a passion for the growth of their organization. They live 
their fraternal virtues amongst each other as they become balanced young 
men across campus and in the community. The guys tutor in Birmingham, 
have food drives for hunger and contribute to their national philanthropy, 
Youth AIDS awareness and prevention. 

As a growing organization on campus, the brothers of Sigma Phi Epsilon 
have a renewed passion to better their fraternity by coming together and 
promoting themselves both in the Samford and Birmingham communities. 



Samford athletics has been a 

growing interest for students and 

fans over the past several years. 

With the addition of new coaches, 

new players and new facilities, 

things are only looking up for 

Samford's Bulldogs. Whether it's 

intramurals or a university team 

on the field, court or track, many 

Bulldogs have dripped blood, sweat 

and tears and know what it really 

means to compete. 









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"The Red Sea membership fee was the best 
five dollars I ever spent!" exclaimed freshman 
Elizabeth Windley. Red Sea Ultimate Tailgates 
are attended by hundreds and are held in the end 
zone at Seibert Stadium before home football 
games. The tailgates usually include meals 
from Papa John's or Q'doba's along with milk 
and cookies from Barber's. Tailgates provide an 
opportunity for students to socialize before the 
games and to watch the teams warm up. Many 
students were pretty excited about all the ben- 
efits of their Red Sea membership package this 
year. The package included a Samford t-shirt, a 
six-pack of Coca Cola, a discount card, a gift bag 
and numerous opportunities for free meals and 
promotional giveaways at Samford 
athletic events. 

Harwell Goodwin Davis, the fifteenth 
President of Samford University, once said "The 
student body makes the spirit of an institution." 
Sophomore Gavin Mayo, President of the Red 
Sea, understands this concept. That's why he 
paired up with junior Emily Goette in the winter 
of 2005 to found The Red Sea, originally called 
the Fear the Window group. The Red Sea is Sam- 
ford's student booster club. Today it claims over 
one thousand members, making it one of the 
largest organizations on campus. The Red Sea is 

A Sea of Support 

by Taylor Marie Kardoes 
Photos: Jonathan Haas 
Spread: Austin Richardson 


governed by Gavin, along with Ruth Amagliani. 
Tim Ansley, Tarlie David, Allyson Dewell, Matt 
Scales, Brittany Tedford and Daniel Temple. 
Together they comprise the Red Sea Committee. 
These students meet to discuss promotions, plan 
events and brainstorm more ideas to increase 
The Red Sea's membership numbers and gather 
support for Samford athletics. 

Throughout the year, students receive give- 
aways and coupons from The Red Sea sponsors 
which include: Smoothie King, CiCTs Pizza. 
Full Moon BBQ, Vestavia Bowl, McCormick and 
Schmidt's, Coca-Cola, Express Oil, Papa Johns, 
SportClips. Locos Deli and Pub, Domino's Pizza, 
Firehouse Subs and SoHo Sweets. The athletic 
department also designates seating sections for 
Red Sea Members at home athletic events. For 
the first time this year, The Red Sea provided 
different t-shirts for different athletic seasons. 
Students received fall sports shirts at the begin- 
ning of the fall semester and in November, 
winter sports shirts were distributed along with 
Dawg Rags, towels used to cheer during Samford 
basketball games. 

The Red Sea's mission is to provide more 
student support at Samford Athletic events, and 
it has done just that. Students now come to 
games early to take part in Ultimate Tailgates or 

to receive free giveaways. Students in Red Sea 
shirts flood the student section at football and 
basketball games. The Red Sea has also increased 
support for Samford's smaller sports programs 
such as volleyball and Softball. The Red Sea calls 
itself "the team behind the team." The booster 
club works together as a team with its leader- 
ship, members and sponsors to boost Samford 
Bulldog support. This increase in school spirit 
has a positive effect on many different groups 
at Samford. The athletes and coaches appreciate 
the increased attendance and support. Students 
enjoy the games more with a full fan section, 
and alumni proudly watch current students sup- 
port one another and the Samford red and blue. 

ABOVE: Several devoted fans line up to show their support 





Where Samford 
Spirit Begins 

by Ashlyn Stallings 
Photo. Jonathan Haas 
Spread: Austin Richardson 

As the Samford University cheerleaders charge on to Seibert Stadium's 
field with energized and complex tumbles, they exemplify solid technique 
united with soaring spirit. The summer NCA Cheer Camp competition 
judges at Vanderbilt University noticed their genuine recipe for success, 
awarding the squad the third place trophy against squads like Purdue and 
Middle Tennessee State University. But the girls continued to impress, 
receiving a bid to compete at the NCA College Nationals held in Daytona, 
Florida, reminding us of last year's same accomplishment. The Bulldog 
cheerleaders hope to continue this tradition and become Samford's first 
cheerleading squad to compete at a national competition. After leading 
two summer camps for school-age girls, the Samford squad also held a 
cheer day camp for future Bulldog fans in September, inviting them to be a 
part of Samford game-day festivities. 

All this despite a lack of facilities and equipment 1 ?- Perhaps it is the 6 
a.m. workouts three times a week, in addition to the bi-weekly practices, 
tumbling and of course, the games on weekends. Or maybe it can be 
attributed to the relationships formed over well-deserved Cheesecake Fac- 
tory desserts. Blake Ellenburg, a junior co-captain, decides, "With struggle 
comes change, but with change comes accomplishment." Though she is 
leaving the squad to focus on her nursing major, Blake looks back with a 
bittersweet smile on the squad's achievements and the impact she has left. 

Head Coach Mary Nagle Ussery has also made her mark on Samford 
cheerleading. In her second year at Samford, Ussery and assistant coach 
Niva Roberson have developed the program into a physically demanding 
and emotionally rewarding endeavor for the fifteen girls. 

The freshman class brought a surge of spirit to Samford athletics, aid- 
ing the cheerleaders as they continue to encourage student body participa- 
tion. Freshman Morgan Hargrove equates practice to "hanging out with 
sisters." goofing off when allowed and cracking down when there is work 
to do. Samford cheerleading is like a mini-family on campus; the relation- 
ships formed only add to the list of achievements the squad continues to 
deliver. At the rate they're tumbling, the girls won't be slowing down any- 
time soon in competitions or friendships. Ready or not, here they come. . . 


by Nathan Troost 
Photos: Jonathan Haas 
Spread: Austin Richardson 

Plavinp with Heart 

With 17 seniors and 18 returning starters, Samford came 
into the 2006 football season with high expectations. How- 
ever, the Bulldogs didn't expect to finish the season with a 
3-8 overall record and to head into the off-season looking for 
a new head coach. "We had high expectations that we didn't 
meet," Redshirt sophomore running back Marcus Rice said. 
"But that's just more motivation for next season." 

Even though the Bulldogs may not have fulfilled their 
expectations, there were many accomplishments that can be 
carried into next season as they leave 2006 behind and look 
ahead to 2007. 

Samford's kicking game was among the elite in the Ohio 
Valley Conference. Led by senior punter Chris Hicks, the Bull- 
dogs finished first in the OVC with an average of 41.8 yards 
per punt. Hicks finished second individually in the OVC with 
an average of 42.2 yards per punt. His longest was 61 yards. 

Junior kicker Shannon Fleming led the Bulldogs to a top 
conference finish in field goals. Fleming knocked home 12 of 
14 field goal attempts, 85.7 percent. 

On the offensive side of the ball, the Bulldogs possessed 
a good amount of talent. Samford returned their starting 
quarterback but brought in two more making the quarterback 
position as reliable as a slot machine. Bulldog fans went into 
each week wondering which quarterback they would 
get to see. 

Redshirt junior Jefferson Adcock was last year's starter 
but was forced to switch roles often with redshirt sophomore 
Dante Williams. Redshirt sophomore Alex Mortensen. a 
transfer from the University of Arkansas, completed the quar- 
terback roulette. All three quarterbacks completed more than 
50 percent of their passes, but Adcock and Williams received 
the bulk of the playing time. 

Fifty percent is a good number when you think that each 
throw could be your last. "It was really hard to get in a good 
rhythm on the field." Adcock said. "Once you did something 
wrong, coach took you out and your confidence would then 
go down, and it made it harder to be as productive the next 
time out." 

Junior wide receiver Jeff Moore was the primary target for 
the Bulldog quarterbacks this season. Moore finished third in 
the OVC in receptions per game with 4.45. Moore finished 
the season with 49 total receptions, five for touchdowns. 

Freddie Young, senior wide receiver and one of the team's 
four captains, also made a large contribution to the offense. 
Young finished fifth in the OVC with 4.27 receptions per 

game. The 2006 season was Young's last as a competitor for 
the Bulldogs, but he hopes to come back next year to share his 
experience and help in any way he can. 

Samford's leading rusher, Marcus Rice, averaged 4.8 yards 
a carry. Senior Justin Ray and freshman Brock Johnson 
joined Rice in the backfield averaging 4.4 and 5.2 yards a carry 
respectively. With those numbers ranking among the top in 
the conference, Rice and Brock hope to improve even more 
during the off-season to bring back a potent running duo for 
the Bulldogs. 

Samford also performed well on the defensive side 
of the ball. Despite losing All-American Cortland Finnegan, 
who was drafted by the Tennessee Titans, the Bulldogs put 
up a couple of strong numbers in the OVC. Samford finished 
second in the conference in pass defense giving up just 154.4 
yards each game. T.C. Myers, senior defensive back and team 
captain, recorded two interceptions and 32 tackles as he led 
the Bulldogs against opponents' aerial attacks. 

Samford also finished fourth in sacks with a total of 18. 
Senior linebacker Steve Tennin collected the bulk of that sack 
total, posing as a legitimate threat to any opposing quar- 
terback. He recorded five sacks on the season, second in the 

ABOVE: Senior Justin Ray makes a run for it. 

RIGHT: Freshman Jonathan Lowery is caught by two UT Martin players 

during the catch. 



ABOVE: The team pauses 
for the Alma Mater. 

RIGHT: The defensive line 
is setto defend their home 

Sophomore linebacker Rodney Shepherd led 
the team in tackles and finished 8th in the OVC 
with 82 total. 

Sure, Samford had a disappointing 2006 
football season. But that season is over, and the 
team looks forward. Despite losing 17 seniors, 
the Bulldogs will return some key players: its 
leading rusher, its three potent quarterbacks, 
its OVC-leading field goal kicker and its leading 
tackier. And you can expect those lead players 
to work hard during the off-season. "No one's 
money is guaranteed to them," Rice said. "It 
is renewable each year so it is kind of whoever 
gives more effort." 

With the strong returning class also comes 
new players and more importantly a new coach. 
Samford hired former UAB Offensive Coordina- 
tor Pat Sullivan shortly after the 2006 season 
to replace Bill Gray as the Bulldog head football 

coach. Sullivan joins the Samford family as its 
35th head football coach. The 1971 Heisman 
Trophy winner, who played at Auburn Universi- 
ty had much success coaching quarterbacks and 
running backs during his time at UAB. He also 
has experience coaching at the Division I-A level 
as he led TCU from 1992-1997 and served as an 
assistant to Pat Dye at Auburn for six seasons. 

Sullivan said in his opening press conference 
that he couldn't be more excited about making 
the move to the Bulldog family. He is ready to 
lead Samford into a new season and to renew its 
winning ways. 

"This next year we have been given a fresh 
start," wide receiver Moore said. "And after last 
season everyone is on a clean slate." 

A clean slate. What will Samford make of it£ 




• Samford 2nd in Pass Defense giving up 1 54.4 yards a game. 

• Samford 1st in Punting averaging 41.8 yards/punt 

• 5th in Total Defense giving up 324.9 yards/game 

• 3rd in Punt Returns averaging 9.5 yards/return 

• 4th in Sacks with 18 total 

• 2nd in sacks against, with giving up only 12 

• 1st in Field Goals with 12-14, 85.7% 

• 2nd in Kickoff Coverage with net average of 41 .1 yards/kick 

• Jeff Moore, 3rd in receptions with 4.45 Rec./game, 60-yard long, 
49 total, 5 td's 

• Freddy Young, 5th in rec. with 4.27 Rec./game, 28-yard long, 
47 total, 1 td 

• Jeff Moore 3rd in Receive Yards/Game with 60.7 

• Chris Hicks, 2nd in Punting with 42.2 Yards/Punt, 61 -yard long 

• Shannon Fleming 2nd in Field Goals/Game with 1 .09 

• Steve Tennin 2nd in Sacks with 5 total 

• Rodney Shepherd, 8th in tackles with 82 total 

• Marcus Rice, Leads team in Rushing with 322 total yards, 4.8 yds/carry, 
2 td's, 41 -yard long, 29.3 yds/game; top in the conference is 5.5 yds/carry 

• Rodney Shepherd, Leads team in tackles with 82 total, 61 solo 


Sullivan story 

by Nathan Troost 

Photos: Becky Ellenberger. and Pat Sullivan 

Spread: Nick Holdbrooks and Austin Richardson 

As Samford moves into its final year of competition in the Ohio Valley Conference, it also makes a move into what many 
are calling the "Pat Sullivan Era." Indeed, the former Heisman Trophy winner has made the move to lead the Samford Bulldogs 
on the gridiron. Sullivan brings with him a new coaching staff. 20 upcoming freshman and two UAB transfers. 

Sullivan comes to Samford from UAB where he had served since 1999. From 1999-2005, he worked with the team's quarter- 
backs and was the offensive coordinator. He became the assistant head coach and running back coach in 2006. 

Prior to his days at UAB, Sullivan served as the head coach at TCU from 1992-1997. There, he led the Horned Frogs to 
back-to-back winning seasons for the first time in 42 years. Before becoming the head coach at TCU, Sullivan served six sea- 
sons as an assistant coach to Pat Dye at his alma mater, Auburn University. While coaching at Auburn, the Tigers won three 
Southeastern Conference Championships in the late '80s. 


In his days as an Auburn quarterback in the early '70s, Sul- 
livan was named an All-American and the SEC Player of the 
Year in 1970 and 1971. He then won the Heisman Trophy in 
1972. After college, he went on to play professional football 
for five seasons. 

Despite such an impressive resume, the former NFL player 
said that he can think of two important lessons he will apply 
to his career at Samford. "You build relationships that last 
for a lifetime," he said regarding athletics. "And every day is a 
different experience that you can learn from." 

"Pat Sullivan is an ideal choice to lead Samford's football 
program," Samford President Andrew Westmoreland said 
of the Bulldogs' 35 th head football coach. "As I have come 
to know him, I have been impressed with his integrity his 
competence, the breadth and depth of his relationships, his 
commitment to faith and family and his deep concern for 

After growing up in Birmingham, Sullivan couldn't think 
of a better place for him to be. Much of his family lives in the 
Birmingham area and will be able to attend all of his home 
games. In fact, he jokingly said that he wouldn't be surprised 
to see 100 family members cheering him and the team on in 
the stands. "Samford is the perfect place for me." Sullivan 
said simply. "This is the right place for my family and me." 

Samford has enjoyed the process of adopting the former 
Auburn star into the Bulldog family. "It has been a wonderful 
experience getting to know Pat during this process," Athletic 
Director Bob Roller said. "And I am as enthused as ever about 
the potential for Samford football under his leadership." 

Sullivan will be leading many new Bulldogs to join the 
team from last year. This spring, he is hiring an entirely 

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new staff. He also brings with him two transfers from UAB: 
quarterback Seth Harkness and running back Chris Evans. 
Both were recruited by Sullivan at UAB and wanted to stay 
under his command. "Being recruited and coached by Coach 
Sullivan has really given me a chance to develop a great rela- 
tionship with him," Evans said. "He is a man that's going to 
always be real with you, and he will give you that tough love 
when you need it too." 

As far as making the transition from UAB to Samford, 
Harkness and Evans have said that both their teammates and 
the faculty and students at Samford have been helpful. "It's 
been great so far." Harkness said. "I'm getting to know all my 
teammates, and they have been really good in trying to make 
me and Chris feel like a part of the team on and off the field." 

Joining the team along with the two transfers will be 
20 upcoming freshmen. "I can't wait to get them started," 
Sullivan said about his first Samford recruiting class. He said 
that he probably knows them better than the rest of the team 
because he spent so much time with their families during the 
recruiting season. 

Despite all the changes in the football program, Sullivan 
says that the goals and expectations shouldn't change. "Our 
goal is to improve every week," Sullivan said, "and to compete 
for the conference championship." 

Will the "Pat Sullivan Era" be marked by conference cham- 
pionships^ Only time will tell, but one thing is for certain: 
the Bulldog faithful have much to look forward to in the 
coming years. 



by Taylor Marie Kardoes 
Photos: Bob Miller 
Spread; Austin Richardson 

Volleyball is known for being tough on ankles, knees and shoulders. 
Constant jumping and the impact from landing wears on players' joints. 
Hitters suffer from shoulder injuries caused by the continuous, repetitive 
motion. The wear and tear of the game causes most players to experience 
pain throughout their late high school years and their entire college careers. 
"Icy Hot" becomes a gym bag staple, and many players ice ankles, knees or 
shoulders daily. Sprained ankles are one of the most commonly occurring 
injuries, and sometimes, surgeries are required to replace cartilage or torn 
ligaments. Most of the time, injuries are minor and remedied quickly. 

However, minor injuries were not in the cards for the Lady Bulldogs 
this year. Early in the fall, the team battled several serious injuries that 
sidelined two team starters for the entire season. The team's setter, sopho- 
more Jackie Jascz from Franklin. Tennessee, tore her ACL in practice prior 
to the team's first conference game. This injury ended her season. Senior 
outside hitter and Louisville, Kentucky native Callaway Logan tore her 
labrum. a ligament inside her shoulder joint. She underwent two surgeries 
which unfortunately, turned out to be a career ending disappointment. 

Despite these injuries and the loss of these key players, the Lady Bull- 
dogs rallied together. "The injuries forced us all to step up." said freshman 
outside hitter Alyssa Trimpe. The team focused on communication and 
teamwork. They overcame physical and mental blockades by emphasizing 
their strengths and improving their weaknesses. Many younger players 
stepped up to fill important positions. All the girls worked together by 
shuffling positions and playtime to compensate for their injured team- 
mates. The team even won two matches without a setter. 

While the team had more losses than they would have liked, they had 
several major victories. In September at home, the team won three consec- 
utive matches. They conquered Louisiana-Monroe 3-0. UNC Asheville 3-0 
and Kennesaw State 3-1. More importantly, the girls came together on the 
court and played as a team. The Lady Bulldogs bonded together to over- 
come adversity. They gained strength and character from their struggles. 

"This season was a great growing season. We all pulled together and 
learned how strong we really are." said freshman outside hitter 
Katie Luckman 

Next year, the team will have added depth and more experienced 
younger players. Only one senior graduated this year, which leaves Sam- 
ford with a full roster of returning players. The team and its fans look 
forward to next season and all that it will bring. 



LEFT: The team huddles up for some quick pre-game encouragement. 
ABOVE: Freshman Alyssa Trimpe goes up to return the ball. 


Goin2 the Distance 

by Bennett Sumner 
Photos: Jon Londeen 
Spread: Austin Richardson 

In the wind. rain, and mud. Samford's Cross Country team ran mile af- 
ter mile this past year trying to shave a fraction of a second off their time. 

With only six chances to compete in the 2006 season, the runners 
learned how to lead, follow and encourage one another. 

Coming into the season as the reigning OVC conference champions, 
the women's team had a lot to live up to. Having lost four seniors from 
the 2005 team, senior nursing major Katherine Herring became the team's 
front runner. 

After an injury just before last year's regional meet. Herring spent most 
of the spring and summer recovering and training for this year's season. 
"During the 2005 regional I just collapsed and didn't run very well," said 
Herring. "It took a lot of hard work to get back in shape both physically 
and mentally for this season, but it was worth it." 

The women's team competed in four regular season meets and finished 
well in each of them. They placed second at the University of Tennessee- 
Chattanooga Opener, fourth in the Great American Invitational, fifth at 
the Auburn Invitational and third in the Front Runner Invitational. 

Finally, after a successful but hard season of injuries and recoveries, the 
women finished the year after coming in second at the conference cham- 
pionship. "We did well this year, but we didn't win like we had expected," 
said Herring. "I hope that placing second will put a competitive fire in the 
team for next year." 

The team is looking forward to a fresh start for next season. "In the 
beginning of this season, everything was going great, but then one by one 
people just started dropping off," said junior journalism and mass commu- 
nications major Britney Almaguer. "So for next year, I'm looking forward 
to having everyone healthy so that we can enjoy the season and really use 
all of our potential." 

The men's team came into this year's season with anticipation for new 
opportunities. Last year, the team had seven competitive runners and 
was made up of three freshmen and four sophomores. "We never really 
expect much from the freshmen, so last year, because we were so young, 
we had a lot of catching up to do," Joel Shaw, sophomore runner and busi- 
ness major, said. 

However, this year, though the team took in three freshmen again, 
there were two sophomores and four juniors which changed the dynamics 
of the rookie team. "This year, we got to see everyone improve drasti- 
cally" said Shaw. "And next year we will be much better because we'll be 
older and have the experience we need to be competitive." 

The team finished fourth in the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga 
Opener, fourth in the Great American Invitational, fifth at the Auburn 
Invitational and second at the Front Runner Invitational. The men then 
closed out their season with a fourth place finish in the 
OVC championship. 

"We had a lot of breakthrough performances 
throughout the season, but unfortunately, we 
just couldn't get it together for the champion- 
ship," Cameron Bean, sophomore pre-dental 
major, said. "We really hoped to come in second, 
but next year we'll just put in high-mileage prac- 
tices and hopefully win the conference." 

The men and women's teams have high 
expectations for next year's season. "I think 
that this season was definitely a rebuilding year." 
said Herring. "I can't wait to see the juniors step 
up as seniors next year and learn how to lead the 
pack instead of stay comfortable in the middle." 

This season gave the team the chance to 
grow not only as individual athletes, but also as 
teammates. "We're a very close-knit group." said 
Shaw. "A team isn't made with just one great 
runner. Everyone has to contribute to make a 
winning team." 

It is this closeness that characterized the 
season and is getting the running Bulldogs ready 
for 2007. "It was a great bonding time because 
we had to learn to depend on each other." said 
Almaguer. "I'm looking forward to next year 
and giving it all of my heart to reclaim that 
championship title again, and hopefully place 
high in regionals." 


ABOVE: The women's Cross Country team displays their Championship rings during one of the football game halftimes. 

BELOW: Freshman Blaise Carie heads towards the finish line at the Great American Cross Country Festival at Spain Park, Alabama. 


No Pain, No Gain 

by Britney Almaguer 

Photos: Courtesy of the Samford Crimson 

Spread: Austin Richardson 

"No pain, no gain"- a well-known athletic proverb that 
the Samford Track and Field team knows by heart. Sacrifice 
and dedication are two terms that both the women and men 
execute on the track at 3 p.m. daily during the season. All of 
their hard work paid off on May 5 when the team set out 
for the final meet of the season, the Ohio Valley Conference 
Championships. The meet, held over a two-day period in 
Charleston, IL, resulted in fourth place for the men and sixth 
place for the women. 

More than a few athletes proved themselves at this 
crucial meet. The performances of two however guaranteed 
them a spot at the NCAA Regional race. Lauren Blankenship 
stood out with amazing performances in the 5,000 meter 
and 10,000 meter races earning first place in both. Michael 
Smith also earned a spot in the NCAA Regionals, running the 
400-meter hurdles in 52 seconds taking second place. He also 
placed second in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 15.02. 

Other notable performances included Katherine Herring's 
second place in the 1500-meter run with a time of 4:35.93 and 
all-OVC honors. Morgan Tyler earned all-OVC honors and 
set a personal record in her third place finish in the 400-meter 
hurdles in a time of 1:02.31. Michael Hanson, his appendix 
removed two weeks prior to the meet, took an impressive 
second place as well as a personal best in the 3,000-meter 
steeplechase in a time of 9:24.46. 

In the field events, Cameron Cardwell's tie for first in the 
pole vault with a H'11.75" setting both a new championship 
and O'Brian Stadium record. Jon Londeen placed third in the 
same event earning all-OVC honors. Morgan Tyler placed 
sixth in the triple jump with a 38'3.25". 

On May 25, Blankenship and Smith represented Samford 
in the NCAA Regionals in Columbia, MO. Blankenship placed 
second in the 5,000-meter with a time of 16:17.77. She later 
competed at the NCAA Championships in the 5,000 meter 


race. Not only did she earn All-Amencan honors for the second time in her 
running career, but she also set the school record with a time of 16:06. 

With the '07 season behind them, many of the Samford track athletes 
are looking forward to next year when they can again show their talent. 
Junior mid-distance runner Sean Rogers said he is "excited to give every- 
thing I got and give it all out on the line." 

On the field, sophomore Lawton Goethe is eager to be a part of "the 
starting stages of growing a better program." While the throwing team saw 
a couple of new faces this year and have added javelin as an event in which 
they will compete, the throwers will be looking forward to gaining more 

Leaning on another popular quote, "the will to win is worthless, with- 
out the will to prepare," the Samford Track and Field team will be ready to 
prepare for yet another season. 



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Mo re Tha n Just Ability 

by Megan Christians 
Photos: Jonathan Haas 
Spread: Austin Richardson 

While some students are packing for another 
school year, the women's soccer team is already 
practicing for their preseason games. 

Starting in early August, the 27 member- 
team get ready for another season. This year, 
eleven returning starters lead the Bulldogs to a 
winning record. 

"We had the first season in Samford's history 
where we never lost a game in the conference 
(OVC)," junior Devon Paris said. 

The one game that stands out in everyone's 
mind was Eastern Illinois, the game that put the 
lady Bulldogs in first place. 

"We had never beaten them at home, and we 
beat them in double overtime with 45 seconds to 
go," freshman Paige Lanter said. "It was amaz- 
ing when we won, because it was the day before 
Homecoming and fireworks went off right after 
we scored." 

But as with any sport, a win is not as sweet 
as when you can share it with the fans and your 

"We are so close it is like having 26 sisters," 
Lanter said. "I think that is why we play well 
together. We play for each other." 

As usual, the seniors were given the role of 
leader, and these women started the season out 
on the right foot with "team building activities." 

"They brought so much to our team, not 
only with their ability in the game of soccer, but 
also with their lively and energetic attitude both 
on and off the field," Paris said. 

To have a winning season, it helps to have a 
talented coaching staff. Head Coach Todd Yelton 
and his team positively push each player to be 
the most she can be. It is a relationship built off 
of mutual respect, a respect that carries them 
throughout the year. 

"The coaches not only care about our ath- 
letic development, but they also are focused on 
our development as student athletes and getting 
the most out of our college experience," fresh- 
man Jenna Sturgill said. 

"They genuinely love each player and want 
the best for each individual, even if that does 

not mean a 'W' on the scorecard," sophomore 
Marchele Olds said. 

This year two specific players received high 
honors. Seniors Amber Cress and Sharon Young 
were named to the 2006 O'Reilly Ohio Valley 
Conference All-Tournament Team. 

Yet, all good things must come to an end, 
but not without a little fun. The historic season 
was topped off when the women got together to 
roll the coaches homes with toilet paper. All in 
the name of team spirit, of course. 

ABOVE: Junior defender, Jamie Stout, defeats Morehead State player 

for the kick. 

LEFT: Freshman forward, Natalie Fleming, leads the ball down the field. 


More Than a Club 

Rachael Lamb 
Photo: Bob Miller 
Spread: Austin Richardson 

Although they may not be affiliated with Samford University, many 
Samford students continue to pursue their talent of soccer by playing for a 
men's club team. 

The men's team (2-8) played many larger schools this season including 
Auburn, Alabama, Vanderbilt, University of Florida, University of Missis- 
sippi, University of Florida and a Birmingham club team as well. 

Although the team started out strong with a win over the University of 
Alabama, the motivation on the team began to slow down toward the end 
of the season. 

Senior sports medicine major Lee Wright said that although the season 
started out well, the support began to weaken towards the end. "I enjoyed 
our home games," Wright said. "We had a lot of fans come out and a lot 
of excitement." 

"We started the season out playing really well," Wright expressed. 
"However, due to the fact that the girls' soccer coach controls the field 
schedule, we only had three home games. After our home games were 
finished, the support level for our team went down because fans couldn't 
see us playing." 

Senior business major Justin Mize talked about the lack of motivation 
the team had towards the end of the season. "I thought the season started 
out very strong," he said. "However, due to a lack of motivation and no 
system of accountability for our players, devotion to that good season 
slowly faded and came to a crashing halt in Tupelo at regionals. "Junior 
English major Jay Lasater agreed, "The season started off on a great foot, 
but as the season wore on, the team had less members show up to practice 
and our play on the field suffered." 

Lasater said despite the games lost at the end of the season, the team 
still came together in the end. "Even though we started to lose games at 
the end of the season, we still had a blast doing it," he said. That's why I 
love playing for the team. No matter how hard we fall, we have each oth- 
ers love to lift us back up on soccer wings of joy." 

Senior biology major and coach of the team, Kyle Jones, said the strong 
competition against the larger schools makes playing more exciting. "I re- 
ally like having a club soccer team, especially since we don't have a men's 
D-l team at Samford. No one expects us to be competitive like the big 
schools we play, and it is fun consistently giving them good competition 
and sometimes beating them like we did Alabama." 

"Our fan support is really impressive," Jones said. "We had over 500 
people at our game against Alabama. When we travel to other schools, 
none of them have the fan turnout that we have, so it is really cool for us. 
We just wish we could get some more home games, but we are appreciative 
for what we get." 

The difficulty in not having a school-sponsored team is finding a coach 
that will volunteer to do the job. As a result, the team has a student coach. 

"Coaching is tough because we are all the 
same age," Jones said. "It is hard trying to be a 
leader when all we really want to do is hang- 
out and play soccer, but it is fun to see it work 
out when we play a big game at home and win 
against a big school." 

Jones says he hopes the Samford administra- 
tion will recognize the need for a men's soccer 
program. "We hope that the administration 
at Samford would recognize how much the 
students like soccer here and would think about 
taking steps to possibly bringing a men's soc- 
cer program to Samford. I think the students, 
faculty and future students would really like to 
see it happen." 

Jones says the efforts by others to make the 
men's team more official has been appreciated 
by the players. "The coolest part about playing 
is just getting together and having a good time. 
We don't take ourselves too seriously, but we like 
winning too. I hope that we can keep it going 
and keep getting better. Several people have 
really helped us to become more official, and we 
look forward to the future." 


No Big Dance, But a Good Run 

by Jonathan Flowers 
Photos: Andrew Childers 
Spread: Austin Richardson 

Entering the 2006-2007 men's basketball campaign, the 
Samford Bulldogs were picked by many publications to be 
crowned Ohio Valley Conference champions for the first time 
in school history. Despite such optimistic forecasts, the team 
finished its season at 16-16, going 12-8 in conference play and 
ended their run for an OVC title and NCAA Tournament bid 
with a 55-65 loss to Austin Peay in the conference semi-finals. 
What may seem to some like a year marked by disappoint- 
ment was actually a testament to the Bulldog's resiliency and 
fight through even the toughest of circumstances. 

Samford made a bold statement in the selection of this 
year's first opponent, the defending national champion 
Florida. In spite of a 54-79 loss to the Gators, the Bulldogs 
hung tough in front of 11,798 fans on hand at the O'Connell 
Center in Gainesville. "I thought that our team fought hard 
against a very good team," head coach Jimmy Tillette said of 
the loss. "Florida is the defending national champ for a reason 
and Gainesville is a very tough place to play. I saw a lot of 
good things from our team." The team went on to play games 
against such national powerhouses as LSU and Arizona, a 
testament to their dedication and commitment to progressing 
as a program. 

On an individual basis, a large portion of the team's suc- 
cess this past season can be credited to senior guard Randall 
Gulina. Playing in Tillette's Princeton-style offense, one 
that's goal is to slow down the tempo of a game and typi- 
cally decrease scoring, made Gulina's OVC-leading 18.1 points 
per game average that much more impressive. "Randall was 
one of our toughest guys this past season," said Tilette. "He 
always played with a big heart. All our guys like and respect 

Redshirt sophomore guard Jason Black summed up the 
team's praise for their leading scorer by commenting, "It's 
pretty simple with Randall. He goes out there and plays his 
game every night. No matter what, he's always going to go 
out there and lead the team to the best of his ability. He's a 
clown off the court, but on the court, he's always focused and 
always does whatever it takes to win." Randall was named 
to this year's All-OVC first team as well as receiving All-OVC 
tournament team accolades. His 579 points of the year was 
the seventh-highest single-season total in Samford men's 
basketball history. 

Even with such outstanding individual play, Gulina could 
not have carried the team by himself. Center Travis Peterson 
and guard Jerry Smith both contributed greatly to Samford's 

success, averaging double figures in points, Peterson with 
11.3 a game and Smith adding 10.3. They also led the team in 
rebounds, Peterson at 5.0 per game and Smith at 4.7. Junior 
guard Joe Ross Merritt chipped in as well with 8.8 points and 
3.4 rebounds per contest. The Bulldogs lose only two players 
to graduation while returning eleven next season. 

Despite falling just short of the school's first OVC cham- 
pionship in basketball and trip to the Big Dance, the Bulldogs 
can be proud of what they accomplished in their 2006-2007 
campaign. Although they lose starting guards Randall Gulina 
and Jerry Smith, other key players from last year's squad are 
ready and willing to step into their roles and provide Samford 
with continued on-court success next season. With a brand 
new arena, optimistic fans and three returning starters backed 
by a revamped bench, look for the Bulldogs to avenge last 
season's tournament defeat and in their last year as members 
of the OVC, aggressively challenge for next year's OVC title. 

ABOVE: Randall Gulina, senior guard, takes a jump-shot. 
RIGHT: Junior guard Curtis West goes up for a shot. 




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ABOVE: Curtis West looks for open options. 
LEFT: The team regroups before taking the court. 



ing On 

by Whitney O'Steen 
Photos: Andrew Childers 
Spread: Austin Richardson 

Their last season in Seibert Hall may not have 
led to an Ohio Valley Conference championship, but 
the bulldogs pulled a winning season out of a 
challenging year. 

After the death of former Samford student and 
lady bulldog Sarah Clement in December 2006, the 
team rallied to piece back together their winning 
team. "Losing Sarah was the biggest struggle we 
had as a team this year," said junior forward Alex 
Munday. "We had so many hurdles we had to 
overcome, but we were there for each other and 
comforted whoever needed it at that time. We 
became an even closer team and shared an even 
stronger bond." 

Everyone felt the pain of losing their former 
teammate, especially the seniors who knew her best. 
"Mentally it was a tough year," said senior guard 
Chelsee Insell. "We had to come together for support 
and encouragement after a devastating loss." 

The bulldogs, unprepared for such a loss, got 
back out on the court and made Samford history, 
finishing 18-3 overall and 12-8 in their conference, 
making for back-to-back winning seasons for the 
first time in bulldog history. 

The year started with a loss to Alabama 62-53, 
then the team came back to win four games in a 
row. Following a season of ups and downs, the 
team eventually earned a spot to the OVC champi- 
onships after its win over Eastern Illinois 70-49. The 
team went on to host Tennessee Tech in the first 
round of the 2007 tournament after winning 6 of its 
last 7 games. But unfortunately, it would be the last 
home game for seniors Insell, Veronica Pike and Tish 
Pilkerton. "They have been here as long as I have," 
said head coach Mike Morris. "They are everything 
I want the program to be about: great people, great 
students and great players. They represent who we 
are on and off the court." 

But their goal of winning the OVC has yet to be 
reached. "We coulda', woulda', shoulda'," said Mor- 
ris. "We were picked first in our conference and fell 
a little short, but this team had diversity and many 
obstacles to overcome. I'm extremely pleased with 
all that we came through." 

Though their chances at an OVC title were 
shattered during semifinals after their loss to the 
top-seeded Southeastern Mssouri Redhawks, the 
bulldogs still had reason to celebrate. 

Junior forward Munday was named first team 
All-Conference for the OVC 2006-2007 season. 
Munday led Samford in scoring, averaging 14 points 
a game and second on the team in rebounding fol- 
lowing freshman guard Monica Maxwell. "I wasn't 
surprised, but I didn't expect it," said Munday on 
making first team All-Conference. "I made second 
team last year, so I made it my goal for this year to 
make first team. It was a great accomplishment." 

Munday is Samford's all team leading scorer 
with 1,294 career points, while ranking seventh in 
the league in scoring (14.0 pps). She is number one 
in the league in three-point field goal percentage 
(41.5%) and ranks third in the conference in free- 
throw percentage (84.6%). 

After Munday's list of high achievements, she 
gives all of her praise to her coach and teammates. 
"I love hanging out with my teammates, they're so 
funny," says Munday. "I enjoy any time spent with 
them whether it's on or off the court." And as for 
Morris, she thanks him for his dedication to the 
team and attributes much of their success to him. 
"He is a huge factor in the success of women's bas- 
ketball at Samford. He came here five years ago and 
was out to do whatever it took to turn the program 
around. I wouldn't want to play for anybody else." 


ABOVE: Veronica Pike gets ready to take a shot. 

RIGHT: Junior forward Alex Munday prepares for a free throw against Austin Peay. 


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Takin 7 the Field 

by Jonathan Flowers 
Photos: Andrew Childers 
Spread: Austin Richardson 

Samford's baseball 
team hasn't been to an 
amusement park, but the 
beginning of the 2007 
season resembles a roller 
coaster ride. 

Quick out of the gates, 
Samford won four of 
their first six games. The 
team then suffered five 
consecutive losses before 
a crucial 4-2 victory over 
Mercer and a 2-1 victory 
over Memphis. The team 
hoped the win against 
Mercer, which defeated 
Samford 6-4 and 13-0 in 
the first two games of the 
three-game set, signals the 
Bulldogs are back on track. 

"During the five-game 
losing streak, everybody 
was pressing and not relax- 
ing," junior outfielder John 
Morgan said. "After the 
win, everybody feels con- 
fident as we move toward 
the future. We're really 
looking forward to making 
a statement over our next 
several games." 

The key to many of 
the team's wins this year 
has been jumping out to 
an early lead. The Bulldogs 
are 5-0 when leading after 
the second inning and 1-5 
when they trail. Samford 
is also 4-1 when scoring in 
the first inning as com- 
pared to 1-5 when their 
opponent does. 

Senior infielders Louis 
Rojas and Parker Gargis 

have supplied much of 
the offense this season, 
ranking first and second on 
the team in batting aver- 
age, home runs, slugging 
percentage and on-base 

Rojas, a first baseman 
out of Miami, started his 
collegiate career at Florida 
State before eventually 
transferring to Samford. 
In nine starts this season, 
Louis has a batting average 
of .333 with two home 
runs, four RBIs, and a 
team-leading .471 on-base 
percentage. Rojas pulled 
his hamstring against 
Auburn and will probably 
miss two more weeks. 

Gargis has started each 
of Samford's first thirteen 
games, leading the team 
in batting average (.367), 
home runs (4), slugging 
percentage (.653), and total 
bases (32). Together the 
team's offensive leaders 
have supplied stability to a 
team that has had trouble 
consistently scoring runs 
this season. 

Pitching, too, has been 
an up and down battle to 
this point. Senior starting 
pitchers Chandler Tidwell 
and Josh Emke as well as 
junior starter Trent Hill 
have all been effective. 
All three have 2-1 records. 
Tidwell pitched a complete 
game four-hitter against 
Memphis to improve his 
ERA to 1.44 and tie Ehmke 
for the team lead in strike- 
outs with 16. Hill holds a 

2.84 ERA and has struck 
out 13 in 19 innings. 

The bullpen is strug- 
gling. Other than senior 
Joseph Edens and sopho- 
more Benji Waite, who 
boast a combined 1.80 
ERA, the collective earned 
run average of Samford 
relievers entering Wednes- 
day's game was 4.44. 

Sophomore relief 
pitcher Davey Knapp 
blamed fundamentals. "I 
think that our struggles so 
far as a staff are about not 
executing pitches. We need 
to go out with more focus 
and determination to get 
the ball down in the zone 
and lower our number of 
walks. We have to make 
better pitches and better 
sequences, and I think we 
will start to turn things 
around," he said. "We also 
have to tip our cap to the 
other teams. We've made 
some good pitches and 
they have done a good job 
of hitting." 

Samford baseball has 
a large amount of talent 
based on preseason predic- 
tions and awards. As the 
season progresses, the Bull- 
dogs will try to iron out 
their kinks and reach their 
full potential. After playing 
Memphis, the team will 
begin a three-game series 
at UNC-Ashville on Friday 
and will return home to 
play Alabama at 6 p.m. 
March 14. 







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Setting Softball Records 

Samford Softball seasons have 
been marked by increasing success 
and 2007 was no exception. Led 
by head coach Lee Anne "Beanie" 
Ketcham. the team worked together 
to beat major rivals and set school 

"We had several big wins this 
year, beating Ohio State, Mississip- 
pi State, conference rival Tennessee 
Tech and we swept conference foe 
Eastern Kentucky. We also broke 
several team records, including 
most wins with 31," Ketcham said. 

The Bulldogs ended the regular 
season on a positive note with a 
win over first place Tennessee Tech, 
securing them the number 3 seed in 
the OVC tournament. 

"Not only were we in third 
place, but we also beat the top 
team," senior family studies major 
and team captain Liz Pearse said. 
" We got a lot of wins and beat ev- 
ery team in the conference. Beating 
Tennessee Tech was huge." 

The season ended officially in 
the OVC tournament with a 3-2 
loss to Eastern Kentucky. Despite 
the defeat, Ketcham and the rest 
of the team were confident in their 
tournament performance. 

"Our goal for the day was to go 
out and play with everything we 
had and to walk off the field with 
no regrets," Ketcham said. "I think 
that we accomplished that and our 
team played its 
heart out." 

The 2007 team was led by four 
seniors: graphic design major Jenna 
Dempski, sociology major Susanna 
Meyer, family studies major Liz 
Pearse and business major Shelley 

"This season, we definitely had 
some key upperclassmen that re- 
ally led the way and it was a good 
season for us," Ketcham said. 

The year was characterized by 
big wins and ended in a record- 
setting season. However, the team 
not only faced success, but also 
some obstacles as they worked their 
way to the tournament. 

"The biggest challenge for most 
players is time management. It is 
difficult to try to play at the level 
we are trying to achieve and attend 
a school as academically demanding 
as Samford," Ketcham said. "We 
give the players a lot more time 
off near the end of the season and 
really impress upon the importance 
of time management." 

On top of time management, 
the women also learned to work 
together and prepare themselves for 
tough opponents. 

"We have learned how to be 
a team, how to work together 
toward a common goal," Ketcham 
said. "We also grew a lot mentally 
learning how to focus and not let 
things get out of hand on the field 
and how to handle the pressure of 
big games." 

Next year's team will be led by 
three rising seniors and the players 
are gearing up for an even better 
season in 2008 and 2009. 

"Our hopes for next season are 
that we will build on our success 
from this year with the goal of win- 
ning a conference championship 
and the opportunity to play in a 
Regional," Ketcham said. 

by Bennett Sumner 
Photos: Andrew Childers 
Spread Austin Richardson 





Swinging for Success 

by Bennett Sumner 

Photo and Spread: Austin Richardson 

Golf is a game of control. Controlling your stance, the strength of your 
grip and the snap in your wrists, all create a beautiful swing with great 
results. However, a golfer cannot control the wind, the speed of the greens 
or those moments where your mind begins to wander in a negative direc- 

It was through all of these uncontrollable elements that the Men's Golf 
Team learned the importance of playing together during their 2006-2007 
season. Yes, Golf is measured by individual shots and scores, but when 
they are added together, the individual bogie on the 16 th hole belongs to 

"During the school year, you aren't only competing for yourself, but 
also for other guys on the team, and really for the entire school," sopho- 
more Jeremy Cox said. 

This year, the team finished 5 th in the OVC Championship beating their 
8 th place finish last season, but Cox said that the improvement did not 
come easily. 

"Golf is an up and down game and each one of us went through 
struggles this year," Cox said. "In a golf team you feed off of each other 
and how you're playing so we have all had to help each other and come 

The team played in five tournaments in the fall and five in the spring 
including the championship, traveling all over the southeast as far as west 
Florida. Some season highlights included beating South Carolina, ranked 
35 th in the nation, and the fact that the team's leader, senior business major 
Reed Davis averaged 73.2 for the season, improving his 74.8 average from 
last year. 

"Reed did a great job as a leader both on and off of the course," Cox 
said. "This year, when we were traveling together, we would spend four 
days together straight so we got to know each other like best friends." 

The men's golf team definitely improved this past season, and they 
hold onto hopes of continuing to rise in the championship. 




by Bennett Sumner 

Photos: Courtesy of The Crimson 

Spread: Austin Richardson 

The majority of the players on the women's golf team came into this 
year's season with little experience. Made up of two freshmen, four 
sophomores, two juniors and only one senior, the 2006-2007 season could 
have easily been classified as a year for growing and rebuilding. However, 
despite their youth, the team pulled together to make this season one of 
the best in Samford's golf history. 

The team was led by freshman Katelyn Stanier, who ended the season 
as the individual OVC tournament champion. 

"This was an awesome tournament for Katelyn,'' Head Coach Ian 
Thompson said. "She basically played flawless golf for three days on a very 
difficult course." 

Stanier was followed by the rest of the Lady Bulldogs who pulled to- 
gether to earn a third place finish in the tournament, beating their seventh 
place spot in last year's season. The team scored with Stanier in first with 
an average score of 74.67 for the tournament, followed by sophomore Kel- 
lie O'Connell in seventh place, junior Courtney Warr in 27 th place, sopho- 
more Maria Troche in 29 th place and sophomore Caroline Herman in 32 nd . 

"This was a big step up for the team to be in the final group for the last 
two days." Thompson said. "It was fun to be in that group and feel the 
competition between the players. Hats off to Jacksonville State. They are 
a tremendous team and deserved very much to win." 

The team started the season in the fall with a second place finish at the 
BSC-UAB-Samford Tri Match; however, they ended the fall tournaments 
in ninth place at the Troy invitational. 

In the first tournament of the spring, the Ann Rhodes/BSC Shootout, 
the Lady Bulldogs finished in 14 th place. Finally, as the OVC championship 
neared, the team finished 7 th in the Southern Miss Lady Eagle Invitational, 
with Stanier winning the tournament as an individual in a playoff. 

"I really can't believe that it happened," Stanier said. "It was relieving. I 
was really nervous, but I'm glad that it was a playoff... because I thrive off 
of that competitive feeling, and I got to see some competitive action." 

After a season of ups and downs, the team ended the year with a 
strong finish in the tournament. The team is looking forward to next year 
which will include a new head coach. After eight seasons of head coach- 
ing, Thompson will step down to become the assistant coach to Woodie 
Eubanks, who is the current men's golf coach. Eubanks will coach both 
teams and is ready to build on the 2006-2007 successes. 

"I feel we will have the opportunity to develop two strong programs 
going into the transition into the Southern Conference, with the help of 
Ian Thompson as my assistant, who brings experience and knowledge far 
beyond coaching into this situation," Eubanks said. "This will be a satisfy- 
ing experience since we will have two coaches who are Samford alums on 
the staff. The success of the teams runs very deep and I look forward to 
the future of Samford golf." 


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Raising the racket 

by Jena Hippensteel 


Spread: Austin Richardson 

The Men's Tennis team had quite a few obstacles to overcome this past season. Expectations to 
be better than last season rested upon the boy's shoulders. 

The season warm-ups had to take place off campus, which was not easy for the team. Once the 
construction of the new courts over in west campus was complete, the facility acted as a gift after 
having the old eight courts torn apart for the new gymnasium. 

A total of 10 players made up Coach Kemper Baker's men's team this year with the three seniors 
Manuel Miletic, Stuart Misner and Bradley Weaver. The five juniors were Hank Grant, Sam Huff- 
man, Sam Rocke. Renan Silveria and Jason Thomas. Sophomore Brian Dushock and freshman Kelwin 
De Wet also added to the team. 

Silvera reflected on the season up to the final tournament. "We worked on some things during the 
season that helped us to improve as a team. Many times we had meetings and talked about things 
that we thought would be helpful or that we should improve." 

The boys made it to the Ohio Valley Conference O'Reilly Tennis Tournament held in Nashville, 
Tennessee. The event began on April 20 th and was three days long. This was their chance to win their 
first ever OVC Championship. 

The men went up against the Murray State Racers and easily overtook them in the first round. 
The men won four matches in a row and, since that was all that was needed to continue to the next 
round, the other matches were left unfinished. 

In the semi finals, the Bulldogs went up against the Tennessee Golden Eagles and again came out 
on top. The men lost their winning streak to the Jacksonville State Gamecocks in the final round 4-1. 

"1 had a great run on the OVC tournament. We beat Tennessee Tech, a good team that beat us 
during the regular season. In the final, we lost to Jacksonville State; it was a close match, but they 
played a little better than us, and we didn't play our best as a team," Silvera said. 

Silveria and Misner were selected to the All-OVC first team and Grant was named to the second. 

Once the season was over, the Bulldogs began preparing for summer tournament play. Grant rep- 
resented Samford University in the 2007 NCAA Leadership Conference held May 27 in Lake Buena 
Vista, Florida. Over 300 student-athletes from universities across the nation were chosen to partici- 
pate in the conference. 

For the 2008 season, returning players are going to have to step it up in the absence of seniors 
who graduated, but with a new year come new hopes of overcoming last year's accomplishments. 

The Men's Bulldog Tennis team finished the 2007 season with a record of 15-9. "I think we had a 
good season, however it was a little bit frustrating for the team because we lost our third conference 
final in a row," Silvera said. ''But I'm looking forward to next year. I think we are getting better every 
year. If we keep up our good work with coach Baker, we will be successful." 


Game, Set, Match 

by Jena Hippensteel 

Photos. Courtesy of The Crimson 

Spread: Austin Richardson 

The 2007 season held a lot of promise for the Women's Bulldog Tennis 
team. The girls were out to win their third tournament victory in four 

There were a total of eight players that made up the women's team 
with seniors Christie Baker, Bethany Benson, Sarah McKey and Emily 
White. Juniors were Anna Jackson and Katie McMiller. Sophomore Whit- 
nie Warren and freshman Whitney Flesher also made up Coach Terri Sisk's 

After some time, the team was able to play in the new Tennis Facility 
complete with indoor and outdoor courts, which created much nicer condi- 
tions for the hard working athletes. 

Jackson believes the girls had a great season and they grew closer as a 
team due to fewer players. "The best thing about this year was our team of 
eight. We all are such good friends and that really reflects our attitudes on 
the court. We are very supportive of each other, and encourage one another 
till the end. We laugh and joke all the time." 

The women's team had a first during their 2007 season. In the final 
weekend of play, they won matches against Austin Peay and Tennessee- 
Martin making them undefeated. The wins earned them their first regular- 
season title. 

When the Ohio Valley Conference showed up, the girls were given a 
break. Because the women finished the season undefeated, they received 
a bye in the first round of the tournament. The tournament took place in 
Nashville, Tennessee over a total of three days. 

The women started the tournament against the Tennessee-Martm 
Skyhawks, where the Bulldogs only lost one match, letting them advance 
onto the finals to face Murray State. Unfortunately, the team lost in the 
final round against the Racers, 4-1. 

"We had a great season, but we fell short at the Conference tourna- 
ment. We lost to Murray State, our biggest rival, and really they just 
outplayed us that day. We gave it our all, but sometimes you fall short," 
recounted Jackson. 

The team's hard work was recognized overall. Sisk walked away from 
the season as OVC Coach of the Year. Emily White was selected to play for 
the OVC first team while Whitnie Warren was selected to play on the sec- 
ond team. The women ended the season with a 14-5 record and one bye. 

"We love our coach Terri Sisk. She has the best sense of humor and it 
really makes intense practices seem more light and fun," said Jackson. 

Although the team didn't meet their official goal, the season was not a 
complete waste. Next year, the girls are ready to steal that title back to its 
rightful owners. 



A League of Their Own 

by Christopher Smith 

Photos: Courtesy of Intramural Players 

Spread: Austin Richardson 

The 2006 Samford intramural football league started Mon- 
day, Sept. 11, on campus and across Lakeshore. 

The Fighting Redwoods are determined to defend their 
2005 championship. 

"We went through the playoffs without giving up a point 
last year," senior political science major Nick Pritchard said. 
"It was like 90-0 on the combined score. Obviously, we won't 
be perfect. We're looking to win the whole thing again and let 
up a total of 20 points the whole season." 

After proclaiming Samford dominance last year, the 
Redwoods traveled to a regional tournament in Hattiesburg, 
Miss., to test themselves against the best teams from colleges 
around the region. 

Southeastern conference schools, such as Georgia sent 
teams to the tournament. The Redwoods played a game 
Friday and Saturday night in the round-robin portion of the 
tournament, making it to the final group of 16 before falling 
to a Southern Mississippi team. 

Kris Wood, the team's quarterback, said his freshman hall 
started the team during the 2002-2003 school year. Most of 
the original team members graduated, but Wood competes 
under a clause allowing university faculty and staff to play. 
Wood has a part-time job at Samford. 

Pritchard said about half the team played high school 
football including Wood, whom he called the Redwood's best 
player. Pritchard was an offensive lineman in high school. 

"I choose to play intramural football because it's fun," 
he said. ''It was awesome in high school, and I'm not good 
enough to play in college. It's a way to keep that going with- 
out spending too much time on it." 

Pritchard said the team doesn't have any set plays, but 
they film all of their games. The day after they compete, 
they'll watch the film a few times, go outside and throw the 
football around. 

Wood played defense on his high school team, but he is 
back in his original position with the Redwoods. 

"We don't practice much. We've played together for a 
while so once we get out there, we know what we're doing," 
Wood said. "We try to go out and throw a little bit just to get 
in shape, but trust me, we're not there yet." 

Wood said the team aims to enjoy themselves within the 
parameters of a simple equation- "winning equals fun." The 
team doesn't enjoy losing. He would not make any predic- 

tions but said fans should look forward to plenty of fun from 
the team this year, and they hope to look good in the process. 

Regardless of their practice schedule, the Fighting Red- 
woods are out there under the premise of 'serious athletes.' 

"It's the closest thing that we'll get to playing college 
football. It's a good way to bond with your friends. I enjoy 
getting out there and being competitive," Wood said. 

"Flag football is way better than ultimate Frisbee." 


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"Extracurricular" is a word that 
many students at Samford are very 
familiar with. From large organiza- 
tions such as SGA to up-and-coming 
clubs like Global Women, students 
put hours upon hours into their 
activities. Samford offers over 100 
organizations that students can get 
involved in; and with that many, 
it'd be impossible not to connect. 









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A Spirit of Excellence 

by Bennett Sumner 
Photo: Jonathan Haas 
Spread: Austin Richardson 

We all move to the beat of a different drum, 
but Samford's marching band and color guard 
move to four bass drums, one snare drum and 
one tenor drum. Whether performing at football 
and basketball games or at different exhibitions, 
the band focuses on excellence. 

That spirit of excellence was first cultivated 
this past year during Band Camp which started 
two weeks before the other students moved 
onto campus. Through rigorous two-a-day 
practices, the 56 member marching band learned 
their routine for the year. 

"Band Camp was exhausting, but it really 
bonded us together as a band family," said Emily 
Holladay. sophomore music major and member 
of the color guard. 

The two week camp allowed new members 
of the band to get acquainted with each other 
and for freshmen to immediately become 
a part of Samford. 

"I really felt like I was welcomed with open arms," said freshman John 
Benton, music major and snare drum player. "We got put into 'band fami- 
lies' that were led by upper classmen who took us out to dinner and to do 
other stuff. It really added to the camaraderie and helped introduce me to 

While Band Camp was rewarding for its participants, it also came 
with its challenges. With only 12 seniors, the upperclassmen had a lot of 
responsibility in introducing the 25 freshmen to life in the band. "It was 
definitely difficult to blend the new people into the group." Sarah Haslett, 
junior family studies major and captain of the color guard said. "There 
were so many different levels of musicians that we had to spend a lot of 
time integrating them into routine." 

After Band Camp, the band had their opening performance on August 
31, during halftime of the football game against Miles College. The band 
may have been a little apprehensive about the performance, but their hard 
work paid off. 

"We were a little nervous at our first performance, but it was incred- 
ible." said Benton. "The stands were packed and the crowd was really 
excited because they hadn't seen our show yet. There was so much energy 
that we just fed off of it and had a blast." 

This year's show was different than those in the past. In other years, 
Samford's band has performed more classical shows like the 2004 show 
'Selection from the Planet' which was a compilation of orchestral pieces 
that were modified for a marching band. This year however, the theme was 


centered on classic rock. It included songs like Led Zeplin's 'Stairway to 
Heaven,' Queen's 'Bohemian Rhapsody,' and 'Carry on My Wayward Son' 
by Kansas. 

"This year's show was a lot more fun because the music was so excit- 
ing," said Haslett. 

The band members however were not the only ones who enjoyed the 
new music. Bulldog fans also noticed a difference. "Half times this year 
were much more fun than they have been before," said sophomore Spanish 
education major Katie Nickerson. "It was great to go to games and recog- 
nize the songs that were being played." 

The difference in this year's band can be attributed to its new director. 
Dr. James Smisek. Leaving the University of North Carolina at Greensboro 
to become the interim chair of instrumental studies and director of bands 
at Samford, Smisek came into the 2006 band season with more than 13 
years of experience and a lot of enthusiasm. 

"Everybody has just loved having Dr. Smisek as the new director," 
Holladay said. "He's extremely personal and his love for the students is 
obvious in everything he does." 

Through Smisek, the 2006 marching band set a precedent of excellence 
and showed the Samford community how to march to six different drums. 
The members of the band already have hopes for next year. 

Haslett wants to see the members of next year's band enjoy the experi- 
ence as much as she has in the past. Holladay hopes that the group will 
strengthen communication and continue to bond as a family, and Benton 
anticipates musical growth and more complicated pieces. 



A Passion for Dance 

by Bennet Sumner 
Photos: Andrew Childers 
Spread: Austin Richardson 

With the release of hit movies like 'Step Up' 
and 'Take the Lead.' and the return of top-rated 
television shows like 'Dancing with the Stars,' dance 
became a visible part of America's culture this past 
year. Audiences loved to watch dancers express 
themselves through motion and the Samford com- 
munity was no exception. 

The women of this year's dance ensemble 
were incredibly involved all over campus. Whether 
expressing their encouragement at football and 
basketball games, or performing on stage in their an- 
nual production and Step Sing, these dancers were a 
huge part of the Samford spirit. 

This year's team was led by two senior captains, 
family studies major Danelle Harris and journalism 
and mass communications major Lauren Cantrell. 
The team was formed out of a competitive three- 
hour tryout session in April. Out of the 30 girls 
that tried out, only 12 made the team. The dancers 
were evaluated by judges from the Birmingham area 
and were ultimately chosen by the captains. "We 
require them to do two leaps, splits and to perform 
for one minute. But more importantly we look for 
personality and character," said Harris. 

The captains chose five freshmen, three 
sophomores, one junior and one senior to be a part 
of the fall 2006 and spring 2007 ensemble. 'The 
mix of girls that we had this year was perfect," said 
sophomore family studies major Lindsay Stroud. 
"We all had different types of experience. Some of 
us had done ballet in a studio and others had danced 
on teams in high school, so we definitely found an 
incredible blend of styles and attitudes." 

The girls' ''styles and attitudes" were show- 
cased at their annual show in November. The 
2006 performance was called 'Shuffle Play' which 
emphasized the unique mixture of music and 
dance enjoyed by the team. "This year's show was 
extremely personal to each of us," Harris said. 

The show was divided into two acts, both of 
which featured seven pieces. Each song was choreo- 
graphed by a member of the ensemble and per- 
formed by the choreographer and other dancers of 
her choice. "I loved doing this performance because 
I was able to choose a piece that moved me," said 

Stroud. "We all had so much fun watching each other choreograph and putting 
our hearts into every piece." 

While the dancers were having fun on stage, more than 400 people enjoyed 
'Shuffle Play' from the audience. Sophomore Spanish major Casey Cooper ex- 
pressed what she liked about the show from the audience's point-of-view. "I was 
really impressed by how professional they seemed. I loved the costumes and 
music because I felt like you could see their personalities come out on stage." 

The show however was only one of the ways that the team got to showcase 
their talent this year. The dance ensemble performed before and during almost 
every football and basketball game this year. "We love to work with athletics 
because they're the ones who gave us our start from the beginning. It's exciting 
to get to dance at games and build spirit," Cantrell said. 

Last year, the dancers were able to do pre-game shows for the games, and 
this year, they also performed during two half-time shows. "Getting to perform 
during half-time this year was a great step, and next year, I hope that we will be 
able to do every half-time show," Cantrell said. 

After the football and basketball seasons were over, the dance ensemble 
finished the year by performing at the kick off for Step Sing and as the opening 
act. "Performing at Step Sing is one of my favorite things that I get to do with 
the dance team," said Stroud. "The atmosphere is always so exciting, and I love 
to get to showcase our talent in front of such a big crowd." 

The dance ensemble has done a variety of songs during Step Sings in the past 
including Let Go by Froo Froo and U2's Vertigo. This year, however, the captains 
wanted to do something different. "We try to change it up from year to year. 
This year, we wanted to bring it back down to something a little funkier and 
slower," said Cantrell. 

The dance ensemble showed their versatility this year through their show 
'Shuffle Play' their involvement with athletics and their performances through 
Step Sing. Whether shuffling across a stage in tap shoes or doing toe touches 
on a sideline, the dance team has become an increasingly important and visible 
part of Samford. Cantrell said, "We got a lot of exposure this year, but it's only a 
small step in the direction that we want to take the dance team's future." 



we sing: 


by Melissa Poole 
Photos: Nick Holdbrooks 
Spread: Austin Richardson 

This was a question the A Cappella choir asked them- 
selves numerous times over the course of the year. This group 
of Samford students excelled in all things musical over the 
course of the 2006-2007 academic year by performing all over 
the country for all types of audiences. The A Cappella choir 
did not just dazzle the likes of Samford folk but reached far 
beyond the front gates all the way to Washington D.C. 

Samford's A Cappella choir was an auditioned group of 
both music and non-music majors. The members of A Cap- 
pella choir were well known students around campus who 
were involved in numerous activities on campus. Members of 
the A Cappella choir were committed to engaging whatever 
audience they were serving in worship. These students used 
their voices as their mission. "The purpose of A Cappella choir 
is to spread the good news of Christ through our music in 
Birmingham and in the cities to which we get to travel," said 
Caitlin Huie, a junior choir member. 

The leadership of A Cappella choir is elected by its mem- 
bers. Sarah Simmons, Sarah Spires, Leann Mulligan, Matt 
Andrews, Lori Clayton and Robert Pendergraft served as the 
leaders of the 2006-2007 choir. These leaders worked hard to 
run the business of the choir as well as serve as leaders and 
representatives for the choir. 

As a non-competitive group at Samford, the A Cappella 
choir did not attend any musical competitions; instead, the 
group focused on performing at on-campus events, local 
Birmingham programs and even a weeklong trip with many 
stops on the way. The 2006-2007 A Cappella choir performed 
on campus during convo, recitals, evensong, old song sing 
and the Christmas festival. One of the greatest honors for the 

choir this year was participating in the President's inaugura- 
tion. The choir was one of the first impressions Dr. Westmo- 
reland had of Samford. They couldn't wait to perform for him 
at the inauguration. 

The choir performs most of their concerts during the fall 
semester since they spend the spring semester preparing for 
their tour. During the 2007 spring break, the choir toured 
many different states performing at many different venues 
on their way to Washington D.C. The group started out in 
Gadsden, Alabama, working their way up the east coast. The 
group stopped in Ashville, NC, Danville, VA, Richmond, VA, 
and Spartanburg, SC, to name a few. When the group finally 
made it to Washington D.C, they performed at the Kennedy 
Center for a packed audience that included Dr. Westmoreland 
as well as national legislators. During their stop in Atlanta, 
the choir performed at Spivey Hall. At the end of the tour, the 
choir performed a home concert at Samford for their families 
and friends. "Our home concert is always very special to us 
because of the large number of alumni who come to offer 
their support and get to come on stage and participate in the 
singing of the traditional final piece," said Huie. 

The choir also spent much of their time this year prepar- 
ing for their trip to London. England. The choir worked hard 
in the spring to be honored as the choir in residence at the 
Southwark Cathedral. The trip also included many perfor- 
mances in surrounding locations. 

The choir had many impressive performances throughout 
the year. They saw every performance as a chance to sing for 
the Lord. Their final performance of the year took place when 
the choir had the honor of singing at baccalaureate. 

Dr. Banks proudly 
introducing the 
A Capella Choir 

The A Capella Choir 
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The Vital Connection 

by Emily Sparks 
Photos: Bob Miller 
Spread. Austin Richardson 

From homecoming, to Miss Samford, to 
Welcome Back, the Student Government 
Association is the heart of student life on campus. 
SGA ranges from the unrecognized work-behind- 
the-scenes, to center-stage involvement at various 
University events. It is comprised of numerous 
sub-organizations that work diligently to ensure 
that campus life is the best that it can be. 

The Student Executive Board is composed 
of 8 students who are elected and appointed 
in the spring: President Taylor Clement, Vice 
President of Senate Jason Pointer, Vice President 
for Activities Blake Eckert, Treasurer Ryan 
Mclntire, Chief Justice Mary Kathryn Covert, 
Chief of Staff Daniel Crane, Executive Assistant 
Katie Bondurant and Student Activities Council 
Administrator Lauren Herb. Together, these 
officers coordinate all activities and legislation 
while serving as the chairs of the four SGA 
branches: Senate, Executive Advisory Board, 
Student Activities Council and Student Judiciary 

The Senate works to pass bills making 
improvements around Samford and appropriating 
funds to other organizations in support of their 
events. They have supported Greek Weekend and 
helped bring Beth Twitty as a guest speaker to 
Samford, as well as many other events produced 
by various organizations with financial funding. 

They have recently begun investigating the 
possibility of establishing an honor code on 

The Executive Advisory Board has also been 
working on the idea of a new honor code that will 
hold students accountable for their actions in and 
out of the classroom. A new edition to EAB is 
the Religious Life Community which works with 
University Ministries and Matt Kerlin to improve 
University Convocation and bring new ideas for 
additional convocation events. 

Behind the scenes of the many social 
functions throughout the year, the Student 
Activities Council has worked hard to pull 
off another wonderful year of Welcome Back, 
Family Weekend and Homecoming. "SAC had 
a wonderful homecoming specifically with 
the opening of the new Harry 's," said Taylor 
Clement, SGA President. Other successes 
included the Miss Samford pageant on November 
10 and Lighting of the Way on November 28. 

Finally, the Student Judiciary Council is 
responsible for all violations of the SGA 
Constitution and Code of Laws. They have 
been working with the new values advocate, 
Gary Atkins, to re-evaluate the current values 
violations system and looking for ways to make 


Serving on SGA is no easy job by any standard. It requires 
many hours of work, commitment and dedication, but 
gracefully, they have pulled everything together, making it 
look as though it all comes naturally. 

SGA is responsible for representing the student body to 
the faculty, staff, administration and Board of Trustees. They 
are constantly working to improve the quality of student 
life here at Samford. "SGA is a vital connection between 
students and the administration," said Katie Bondurant, 
Executive Assistant. "It works to serve both student needs 
and administrative needs to help make Samford the best 
that it can be." Campus would not be the same without the 
festivities of Welcome Back, Homecoming, Miss Samford, 
Step Sing and everything in between that makes Samford 
the experience that it is. 


Taking it to Court 

by Melissa Poole 
Photo: Jupiter Images 
Spread: Austin Richardson 

If you broke one of Samford's rather strenuous values codes, there is 
a group of students on campus that just might have been able to defend 
your case. The Samford mock trail team is comprised of students of all 
classifications who have just the trial experience you should have sought. 
These students led by co-captains, Alicia Smith and Lauren Wilson, par- 
ticipated in scrimmages and competitions that were conducted like actual 
legal trials. 

Smith, a junior pre-law major at Samford, has been a member of the 
mock trial team since her freshman year. "The mock trial team offers 
students the chance to obtain invaluable experience in argumentation, 
debate and trial law. Since the competitions mimic actual legal trials, the 
organization is fantastic for developing a sense of courtroom presence for 
students interested in law school and a career in litigation," Smith said. 

Mock trial students competed in scrimmages, invitational and regional 
competitions. Members of the team took on all the roles of a legal case and 
prepared ahead of time to compete with other schools. Students served 
as the attorneys, clients and witnesses. Samford students took bids to na- 
tional competitions, as well as received awards for Best Attorney and Best 
Witness on numerous occasions. 

Samford's mock trial team has been able to host competitions on cam- 
pus as well. This is something they enjoyed not just for the home court 
advantage, but also because it allowed them to showcase Samford to other 
schools. "Scrimmages or regional sometimes occur on campus, offering 
students at other schools a chance to tour the campus and particularly the 
law school," Smith said. 

Being a member of the mock trial team is a full time commitment. 
Members of the team prepared and practiced the same way a full time 
lawyer would. The only way people survived this team is if they were pas- 
sionate and committed to the organization. "Being on the mock trial team 
is no easy feat, considering the total forfeiture of a personal life during the 
weeks before competition," Smith said. 

Another taxing aspect associated with participation on the team relates 
to fundraismg. Mock Trail did not receive much financial assistance from 
the university. Therefore, all their expenses for competitions had to be 
raised. There was never a guarantee the money would be there for supplies. 
Overcoming this obstacle proved all the more rewarding for the members 
of the team. "Even guaranteeing funding for trips and supplies is difficult! 
That's why I'm so immensely and particularly grateful for the dedicated, 
hard working group of students that has volunteered so much to make this 
team such a rewarding experience, especially for me," Smith said. 

The 2006-2007 mock trial team was a proud group of individuals who 
worked hard to make Samford proud, as well as feel a sense of accomplish- 
ment in them. Whether they were arguing, practicing, competing or grow- 
ing as an organization, the mock trial team always kept their goals in mind 
and fought for something. And in the future, if you're ever in need of an 
attorney, you know where to turn. 

Alpha Lambda Delta: 
Acknowledging Academics 

by Bennett Sumner 

Photo: Courtesy of Alpha Lambda Delta 

Spread: Austin Richardson 

Entering freshmen are faced with the responsibility of 
learning how to balance life on their own, grades and other 
activities. With all of the new adventures and adjustments, 
many freshmen shift their focus from academics to the many 
opportunities that college has to offer. Alpha Lambda Delta 
is a freshman honors society that recognizes freshmen who, 
in spite of new distractions, seek academic excellence and 
maintain at least a 3.5 GPA. 

The honors society encourages students through recogni- 
tion at an annual banquet and an invitation to join 
the group. 

"This year, we sent out no more than 250 invitations and 
we initiated 157 students, which was one of our biggest initi- 
ating classes," 2006 to 2007 president of ALD and sophomore 
biology major Lee Ross said. ''ALD is truly an honor because 
it's one of the most unique organizations on campus in that it 
exists strictly to recognize freshmen." 

However, ALD does not only recognize its members, but 
it also provides opportunities for campus and community 

"What some people don't realize is that ALD is a service 
oriented fraternity," secretary of ALD and sophomore Spanish 
major Casey Cooper said. "We do on-campus projects like 
clean up days, and we do community projects like helping 
with the Old Howard 100." 

ALD also allows for its members to be recognized and earn 
scholarships nationally. This year, representatives from more 
than 350 chapters nation wide entered into an ALD scholar- 
ship competition. Out of the 30 applicants chosen, Samford 
senior John Andrew Wesley, a music major, was selected as a 
scholarship winner for his outstanding academic achievement 
and involvement in ALD. 

"Having our chapter representative win the scholarship 
award was great because it got Samford's name on the map in 
the national organization," 
Ross said. 

The executive officers of this year's ALD used their time 
to try to begin rebuilding the foundation of the organization 
and to create new ideas for 
the future. 

"We had a lot of goals for the year," Ross said, "but 
because there were some changes happening [within the Sam- 
ford chapter] we dropped the ball on a few things." 

The major change that Ross referred to was the induction 
of a new ALD advisor. Professor of geography Gregory Jeane 
served as the ALD advisor for eight years until he decided to 
resign this spring and turn over the position to professor of 
communication arts Charolette Brammer. 

"The organization is going to be in good hands under the 
direction of the new Faculty Advisor," Jeane said. "She has a 
heart, as I do, for these young men and women who become 
of ALD." 

ALD held their annual induction ceremony at The Club on 
Thursday, April 5. The program opened with the induction of 
Brammer as an honorable member followed by the induction 
of the new members. New ALD officers were formally ap- 
pointed, and the ALD advisor position was officially 
handed over. 

"I look forward to working with this exceptionally bright 
and highly motivated group of young students," Brammer 
said. "I see my role as advising students toward establishing 
measurable and achievable goals rather than imposing any 
goals that I may have." 

The new ALD officers for fall 2007 and spring 2008 are: 
President Ellen Corman, Vice President Ashley Oliver, Trea- 
surer Katie Snider, Secretary Grace Moon, Editor/ Webmaster 
Jonathan Newman, Junior Advisor Lee Ross and Senior Advi- 
sor Meredith Henry. These students have agreed to take on 
the responsibility of building upon a strong foundation laid 
by this year's 
ALD's officers. 

"Alpha Lambda Delta is about its student members. They 
are the ones responsible for our considerable recognition 
outside this campus," Jeane said. "The participation of our 
student leaders in ALD's annual National Leadership Work- 
shop, the continued growth of our chapter membership, our 
participation in campus activities, and our periodic success in 
getting national recognition when one of our own is success- 
ful in national competition for scholarships are moments of 
great pride for us as advisors." 



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Alpha Lambda Delta 


nal Honor Society for First Year Students 



Omicron Delta Kappa 

by Maegan Wilson 

Photos: Courtesy of Omicron Delta Kappa 

Spread: Austin Richardson 

Founded on December 3, 1914 at Washing- 
ton and Lee University by 15 student and faculty 
leaders, Omicron Delta Kappa was the first 
college honor society on a national scale for col- 
lege students, faculty, staff, administrators and 
alumni. The society recognizes and encourages 
exemplary character and superior scholarship, 
leadership and service in extracurricular activi- 
ties, and this remains its purpose on Samford's 

Omicron Delta Kappa was different from 
other honor societies on campus because they 
did not have a budget for events such as din- 
ners or parties. The society's main efforts were 
endeavors for social justice. "We want to use our 
collective voice to help those, as in Perry County, 
who would like to be helped and to empower 
those people at Samford to make the changes 
they would like to see," said senior history 
major and Omicron Delta Kappa President Mary 
Kathryn Covert. The society also serves another 
purpose in her life. She found other campus lead- 
ers similar to herself that she could connect with 
on another level. 

The Omicron Delta Kappa circle was small 
with rigorous requirements to purposefully 
maintain prestige. The national organization 
required that each member be in the upper 35% 
of his or her class and have a special distinction 
in at least one of five areas including scholarship, 
athletics, campus or community service includ- 
ing social and religious activities and campus 
government, journalism, speech, mass media and 
creative and performing arts. However, Samford 
required that a member be in the upper 35% of 
his or her class and exercise leadership in two of 
the five areas. 

The organization had ambitious goals and 
numerous activities during the school year. At 
the beginning of the fall and spring semesters, 
the organization nominated, selected and initi- 
ated new members. In the fall Congressman 
Arthur Davis, representative of the five poorest 
counties in America spoke at the Omicron Delta 

Kappa induction convocation. The society also 
held a High School Leadership Initiative in the 
fall that was funded by SGA. They went to 
Perry County and trained students of the Future 
Business Leaders of America at Francis Marion 
High School. The trained students were brought 
to campus in the spring to shadow current mem- 
bers for a day. Members were also flag bearers 
in Dr. Westmoreland's inauguration ceremony. 
In the spring, they held a Perry County Fun Fest 
with Student Ministries. The day for children 
and their families included food, inflatable games 
and deliberate conversations with citizens of 
Perry County. In addition, they elected and 
installed new officers in the spring. Omicron 
Delta Kappa also tried some new activities like 
nominating an Omicron Delta Kappa man and 
woman of the year and hosting a campus wide 
faculty-student mixer. 

After 93 years, the Samford chapter of 
Omicron Delta Kappa still lives up to its high 
ideals, expectations and dedicated service. 
"Membership in Omicron Delta Kappa is a 
mark of the highest distinction and honor," said 
Covert. "On the university level, it is considered 
the national collegiate honor society exclusively 
for leadership." 




The Faces of Samford 

by Shelby Crowe 

Photo and Spread Austin Richardson 

Next year, Samford University is expected to welcome 
the second largest, or quite possibly the largest, incoming 
freshman class to campus in the university's history. Out of 
these 700 odd students admitted each year, it is not surprising 
to meet valedictorians, merit scholars and students with lists 
and lists of achievements. But as a fellow Samford student, 
have you ever asked how our university is able to attract 
these numbers of high caliber students 1 ?- 

Meet the organizations that helped to get these students 
through our front gates: Student Recruitment Team and 
Samford Ambassadors. 

Like the name suggests, the Samford Student Recruitment 
Team worked in close collaboration with the office of admis- 
sions to "recruit" prospective students. This group of students 
is maybe most remembered for their involvement at preview 
days. Here, SRT members answered almost all types of ques- 
tions for students and parents pertaining to the university; 
they also gave tours of the campus. This was not all they 
were responsible for, however. Along with three fall preview 
days, SRT was also responsible for helping with Scholar's Day 
and Academic Options Day. SRT members "came into contact 
with over 500 potential students in the fall," explained Jason 
Black, the university's coordinator of campus visits and the 
administrator in charge of SRT. SRT members were impera- 
tive because most prospective students received their first 
impression of Samford from this group. "This probably goes 

without saying," comments Black, "but if their impression 
was good, these new students probably had a positive impact 
on Samford." Thus, this group of highly selective students is 
needed to continue and uphold the Samford legacy. 

As SRT worked with the office of admission, Samford 
Ambassadors worked closely with the President of the Uni- 
versity, Dr. Westmoreland. Like SRT, ambassadors acted as 
representatives of the student body, but instead of providing 
a student's perspective to prospective students, ambassadors 
provided alumni and distinguished guests with this perspec- 
tive. Essentially, ambassadors attended "any event that Dr. 
Westmoreland wants ambassadors to attend," stated junior 
ambassador Cam Rogers. Dr. Westmoreland trusted this elite 
group to escort and talk to the campus's most important 
visitors. Rogers specifically remembered the importance of the 
group at last year's candle light dinner that took place on the 
Wright Center stage during homecoming for a distinguished 
group of alumni. "It gave them the opportunity to ask stu- 
dents firsthand about the progress of the university and its 
endeavors," he explains. 

These two groups often remained behind the scenes, but 
their hard work is visible on our campus. These students 
were responsible for representing your university, and the uni- 
versity depended on them to provide outsiders with a lasting 
impression of Samford. 




Reaching Out 

by Shelby Crowe 
Photo: Becky Ellenberger 
Spread: Austin Richardson 

Student Ministries may have changed their 
name in the past year, but their impact on cam- 
pus only continued to grow. 

Student Ministries consolidated into Samford 
University Ministries hoping to provide a home 
away from home for new students and faculty 
members in unfamiliar territory. April Robinson, 
Minister to Students, Campus and Community 
Involvement, believed that it would be a blessing 
at Samford to have this type of organization that 
is specifically "designed to encourage and equip 
students and faculty in their spiritual journey." 
In the past year, University Ministries provided 
numerous opportunities for students and faculty 
to achieve that goal. 

Whether you decided to cultivate your spiri- 
tual life within the gates of Samford, decided 
to go out into the Birmingham community or 
ventured to anywhere in the world for that 
matter, University Ministries helped. "Last year, 
University Ministries provided over $20,000 
in scholarships distributed to 68 students who 
went to 42 different countries. Those students 
returned to campus with a different worldview, 
and wove their experiences into the tapestry of 
life at Samford," explained Robinson. 

Senior Samford student and University 
Ministries officer Amanda Spikes chose to 
minister closer to home with the help of UM last 
year. After Thanksgiving, Spikes and other UM 
members introduced a food salvage program in 
collaboration with the caf. "Initially we had a 
'weigh-in' of how much food we as students ac- 
tually waste. After Thanksgiving, Chef Vizzina 
donated food that fed almost 400 people at God 
Faith Cathedral,''' said Spikes. Although this 
food salvage program is not yet an established 
program at Samford, Spikes and others are hope- 
ful for new programs such as this taking root 
in the future. Students who signed petitions in 
the caf or participated like Spikes in the program 
were happy with the great response. "We made 
our campus aware of waste and how we as a 
university can reach out, giving and serving in 
our Birmingham community," said Spikes. 

Although University Ministries is comprised 
of a number of student leaders such as Spikes, 
you do not have to create a new program on 
campus or even be an active participant in Uni- 
versity Ministries to become involved and make 
a difference. Just two years ago, 180 Samford 
students loaded buses for south Alabama, Mis- 
sissippi and Louisiana to help after Hurricane 
Katrina. "It was so uplifting to see the amount 
of Samford students who didn't hesitate to sac- 
rifice their fall break to help these people," senior 
Samford student Amy Saxon said. 

With University Ministries providing op- 
portunities such as these, Samford students 
often forget the more familiar things they are 
responsible for that we as students sometimes 
take for granted. University Ministries organized 
Convocation, cadres, Bible studies and worship 
services such as Shiloh. 

Whatever the opportunity you always found 
University Ministries looking for new ways for 
Samford students to reach out. "UM impacts 
Samford by directly impacting Samford students 
and faculty," says Robinson. Whether provid- 
ing a family with a new home through Habitat 
for Humanity or simply giving out Bibles at the 
local Juvenile Detention Center, UM wanted to 
be there. With the help of student leadership and 
under the direction of the new University Minis- 
ter, Matt Kerlin, UM hopes to do just that. 

University Ministries has encountered new 
additions and changes over the past year, but 
along with these changes they hoped to encoun- 
ter more and new opportunities for ministry. 
"It's a story worth telling! Students are making 
an impact on the world, and University Minis- 
tries is delighted to be a part of that good work," 
said Robinson. Indeed, as the list of good deeds 
and work attributed to Samford University Min- 
istries continues to grow, this organization will 
continue to look for ways to live this stoiy. 



Constructing Faith 

by Emily Sparks 
Photos Leah Shell 
Spread Austin Richardson 

Over the past 15 years, Samford has been 
involved with Habitat for Humanity. This fall, 
Samford was given the opportunity to sponsor a 
house of its own. Students from all areas of cam- 
pus came together to volunteer for the project, 
hoping to make an impact on the local Birming- 
ham community. Samford students Lauren Ford 
and Leah Shell volunteered to become co-coordi- 
nators for the Samford Habitat chapter. 

Undertaking the responsibility of recruit- 
ing enough student volunteers to complete the 
construction of a house from ground-breaking 
to finish was understandably intimidating. 
However, Ford and Shell were excited to see over 
300 students sign up for the Habitat email list. 
"It is so essential for students to get out of the 
Samford gates and take a look at the dire needs 
in the community around us. Service is a calling 
- one that all of us have," said Ford. "We have to 
be willing to give of ourselves." 

The students began work in October and 
continued every Friday and Saturday through 
December 9 to help build Ms. Earline Smith's 
first home. "Sponsoring a house is a great way 
to be involved because it offers a chance for the 
students to really be engaged in the whole con- 
struction process," said Shell. "It also encourages 
faithfulness and dedication and it's wonderful to 
see the end product." 

Smith began working through the process 
to receive a home nearly a year ago. Meeting 
the requirements set forth by Habitat, Smith 
and her daughter Lena, were no strangers on 
the construction site. Although Smith's age and 
health conditions did not allow her to perform 
hands-on work, she gave a special thank you to 
the volunteers on ground-breaking day. The vol- 
unteers were able to give Smith more than just a 
new home. On the day of the house dedication, 
the volunteers presented her with a photojour- 
nal containing notes from every volunteer and 
pictures showing the construction progress. "It 
was so rewarding to see how excited Ms. Smith 
was about the house and the photojournal," said 
Ford. "She was so thankful for everything." 

The volunteers and supporters from organi- 
zations all over campus helped to pull together 
the Habitat project with such success that it has 
sparked additional projects. Every year, Habitat 
coordinates a special "Home for the Holidays" 
project, of which Samford also had the oppor- 
tunity to be a sponsor. The Samford Habitat 
chapter worked to help Habitat build a house 
from start to finish in one week. Habitat was 
also chosen as the service project for President 
Andrew Westmoreland's inaugural week, in 
which faculty and students showed tremendous 
support for the Westmoreland's welcome to the 
Samford campus. 

In the upcoming year, Shell and Ford are 
looking into ways to bring more cohesion to the 
Samford Habitat chapter. By making it more 
organizational, they hope to incorporate mem- 
bership, regular meetings, additional fundraising 
and possible future partnerships. Currently, the 
chapter is able to sponsor a house once every 
year or year-and-half through faculty donations 
and other small fundraisers. Shell and Ford hope 
to bring in additional financial support by selling 
t-shirts and working with concessions at sports 
events on campus. Another idea in the making 
is a 2008 spring break trip through national and 
international Habitat for Humanity. Ford and 
Shell are excited about the opportunities and 
possibilities that have surfaced for the upcoming 
school year. They recognize the importance of a 
comprehensive service organization on campus 
as an outlet for stu- 
dents to be involved 
outside of the 
Samford commu- 
nity. As students 
in Birmingham, we 
are responsible for 
helping to alleviate 
the substandard 
housing in the area," 
Shell said. "Habitat 
provides a way for 
us to serve, not just 
through spirit, but 
with actions." 




Gamma Sigma Sigma : 
Through Service and Love 

by Melissa Poole 
Photos: Becky Ellenberger 
Spread: Austin Richardson 

Many organizations on Samford's campus sought to 
serve the campus, community and world this year at some 
point. One organization, however, made it their ongoing 
mission through constant philanthropic activity to change 
"the world." The sisters of Gamma Sigma Sigma were like any 
other sorority; they all had a common goal and bond which 
was to serve. 

"The purpose of Gamma Sigma Sigma is to provide an 
opportunity to bring together a group of girls across campus 
that has a similar desire: to help others. By this connection, 
we are able to reach out not only to our community, but to 
other nations as well," said Claire Kimberly, a senior Commu- 
nication Studies major at Samford. This goal is achieved by 
recruiting eager young ladies of all ages at Samford. 

The sisters of Gamma Sigma Sigma hosted and partici- 
pated in numerous activities and events throughout the year 
to raise money for different organizations. In September, 
Gamma Sigma Sigma kicked of the academic year by writing 
letters to soldiers stationed in Iraq. In October, the sisters 
promoted trick-or-treating for canned goods to support 
United Way. The November event found the sisters testing 
their carpentry skills as well as their abilities to put pieces 
together as they assisted in the building of a Birmingham 
Habitat for Humanity home. The sisters also aided in bring- 
ing in the holiday season by making ornaments for the local 
hospice organization. They continued their hospice relation- 
ship in December when they baked cookies for the individuals 
under hospice care. The Holiday season also found the sisters 
hosting a Christmas party for needy children at the Trussville 
library. During the spring semester the sisters participated in 
the Howard Showcase. 

Gamma Sigma Sigma fulfilled their objective of service, 
but also planned activities to build the social relationships 
among its sisters. During the fall semester, the sisters attend- 
ed a GSS retreat in Memphis. TN. They also hosted a pledge 
bash to honor their new members. During October, the sisters 
hosted alumni, family and friends of GSS at a picnic. The 
spring semester found the sisters retreating to Panama City as 
well as having a spring formal. "Our activities are designed to 
bring our sisters closer together. Our passion is service; how- 
ever, we occasionally like to let loose," said Kimberly. "These 
activities are our sign of love for each other." 

The sisters of Gamma Sigma Sigma did not seek praise 
for their actions. They participated in philanthropic activities 
for the self-satisfaction the organization brought. Their hard 
work, however, did not go unnoticed. During the 2006-2007 
academic year, the Samford University chapter of Gamma 
Sigma Sigma received the National Award for Contribution to 
the Red Cross and United Way. 

Kimberly received the organization's honored Gamma 
Sigma Sigma woman of the year award. "This is truly an 
honor," said Kimberly. "I am blessed to be a part of this group 
of girls and privileged to be working alongside them for the 
betterment of our community." The organization also hon- 
ored other members through private recognitions this year. 

Gamma Sigma Sigma's goal was to touch as many people 
as possible. The young ladies who invested their time and en- 
ergy into this organization might never know just how many 
lives were affected by their efforts. These young ladies repre- 
sented themselves, their organization and Samford honorably. 






by Melissa Poole 
Photo: Becky Ellenberger 
Spread: Austin Richardson 

Whether it was finding the inside scoop 
about the Samford administration, reporting 
on extremist groups visiting campus or putting 
the paper to bed, the 2006-2007 Samford Crimson 
staff worked to bring the news to students in 
such a way that everyone knew what was hap- 
pening on campus. This academic year proved to 
be one for the archives in the life of the 
student paper. 

New issues of the Samford Crimson could be 
found on campus newsstands every Wednesday 
morning with the promise of an exciting head- 
line featuring the latest in Samford news. The 
beginning of the year brought headlines about 
the new President, continued construction and 
new convocation plans. Editor-in-Chief Lauren 
Welty ensured each and every issue expressed the 
concerns important to students. "The Crimson 
prides itself on giving students an inside look 
into every aspect of the Samford community," 
Welty said. "We are an award- winning publica- 
tion with award-winning journalists. Our goal is 
to get the news to the students." 

The Crimson proved its bias and loyalty to 
the entire student body during the month of 
September. Many controversial articles ap- 
peared in conjunction with Greek recruitment. 
The Crimson remained bias printing articles 
from both sides of the argument. "The Crimson 
represents all opinions and views of the student 
body," Welty said. "Crimson staffer's only loyalty 
is to the integrity of the paper." This was an is- 
sue tested throughout the Greek 
recruitment drama. 

The Crimson found itself under scrutiny 
again during the spring semester when Soul- 
Force visited campus. The liberal homosexual 
organization came to Samford's campus with 
the intention of observing Samford's attitude 
toward the students. The Crimson chose to chart 

its own course and report on the story from 
different angles. The staff did not merely report 
on the information provided by the Samford ad- 
ministration. Instead, Welty and other reporters 
contacted SoulForce themselves to gain a second 
side of the story. 

The Samford Crimson was well represented at 
the annual Southeastern Journalism Conference 
in January. Several Crimson staffers took home 
journalistic awards in areas such as feature writ- 
ing, copy editing and layout. The highest honor 
went to the 2005-2006 Editor-in-Chief Megan 
Voelkel who received the award for college jour- 
nalist of the year. 

The Crimson is an emblem that many see as 
the face of Samford. In 2007, this face joined the 
new media age. The Samford Crimson moved its 
publication online to 
The online publication was a modified version of 
the printed publication aimed at students study- 
ing abroad and Samford parents. 

The 2006-2007 year proved to be a busy one 
for the Samford Crimson. Welty and other staffers 
worked hard to meet the increasing demands, 
and this year's staff promises to pass along their 
legacy and work ethic. The future looks bright 
for this student publication. 


The Samford Blue 

by Melissa Poole 
Photos: Courtesy of ROTC 
Spread: Austin Richardson 

Samford had their own connection with men and women 
serving our country to protect our freedom. The 2006-2007 
Samford AFROTC (Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps) 
encompassed a group of devoted members who received train- 
ing that qualified them for service in the Air Force upon gradu- 
ation. Along with Montevallo, Birmingham-Southern, Jeffer 
son State, Miles and UAB, the AFROTC worked as an active 
military officer training organization in which its members 
are trained to join with the understanding they would serve 
career military terms upon graduation. They are also placed 
on active duty upon graduation. Some would even take time 
to serve while still students. 

Detachment 012, located on the Samford's campus, served 
all of these institutions. The Detachment under the command 
of NCO's, or Non-Commissioned Officers, was responsible 
for the training and military education of the members of 
AFROTC. This group, led by Lt. Col. Gregory S. Stanley, 
engaged students in physical training as well as military lead- 
ership classes. Cadets were required to meet rigorous training 
expectations in addition to their undergraduate curriculum. 

These officers also taught cadets to adhere to and live in ac- 
cordance with the Air Force core values and strive to achieve 
the AFROTC mission statement. 

AFROTC has been one of the biggest blessings in my life. 
I know that when I look back on this choice I will be forever 
grateful for the values of leadership, discipline, integrity, 
service and so much more that it instilled in me daily," said 
senior Cara Pruitt. 

Detachment 012 did not solely focus on training. The 
group held regular activities that built friendship and morale 
among the cadets. Two major events that happen annually 
consist of a "Dinning In" dinner in the fall and a "Dinning 
Out" dinner in the spring. These two events were very special 
to the cadets because they were events designed to both hon- 
or the cadets for their work, as well as provide an opportunity 
for cadets to reflect on all they accomplished throughout the 
semester. This was achieved with awards given at the event 
and an end of the semester video that was shown. These 
dinners were formal occasions and cadets proudly wore their 
service military dress. This year, the "Dinning In" dinner was 
catered at their detachment. "Dinning Out" was held at The 
Club in Birmingham. 

The Detachment also held events such as pizza parties 
and movie nights designed to serve as casual bonding experi- 


ences for the cadets. The cadets also participated in a fundraiser this past year to raise money for their organization. They held 
a car wash and worked at Talladega as well. 

The AFROTC at Samford was proud to display the many honors and awards their cadets received this past year. The entire 
cadre received honors and awards as well as honors of individual cadets. Cadets Leonard, Sims. Pruitt and Jacobson received dis- 
tinguishes in field training. Cadets Dennis. Graber and Dutton were named superior performers, and Cadet Dennis was named 
an Ironman. 

AFROTC was prideful of their membership and were constantly recruiting members. They proudly displayed their mem- 
bership when wearing their dress uniforms to class. Members of AFROTC upon graduation were gifted in both their academic 
careers as well as eager and ready to apply these skills in their military career. 

"I am proud to say that I am a member of AFROTC Detachment 012, Samford University and will be a future 2nd Lt. in 
the USAF in August of 2007." said Pruitt. The members of this organization are giving the greatest gift an American can give by 
serving their country. "I have been privileged to serve my country, and what greater honor is there," said Pruitt. 


Fishers of Women 

by Maegan Wilson 
Photo: Jupiterlmages 
Spread: Austin Richardson 

Global Women is an international organization whose goal is to spread 
the love of Christ to women around the world. 

Samford's chapter of Global Women has joined with the organiza- 
tion for the past three years to promote the education of women's issues. 
"Many of the women in the international organization are missionaries, 
and they focus on issues such as maternal health and sex trafficking," 
sophomore psychology major and Global Women President Sally 
Campbell said. 

The group met bimonthly to pray and discuss current women's issues. 
The members also participated in a one-night global village simulation at 
the Servants In Faith and Technology campus, which educates groups and 
individuals about mission work and facilitates mission trips. "It was a cool 
experience, and we want to make it an annual event," Campbell said. 

A new leadership structure was also implemented this year. Global 
Coordinators were appointed to keep track of global issues while Com- 
munity Coordinators kept the group updated on Birmingham concerns. In 
addition, another group of girls planned the retreat. 

"Global Women is open to anyone," Campbell said. "Some people get 
upset about the issues that are brought up, but it's a good opportunity to 
figure out what's going on and to gain knowledge." 


Culturally Aware 

by Maegan Wilson 

Photos: Courtesy of International Club 

Spread: Austin Richardson 

Going five years strong, the International Club is still uniting the 
Samford community with the international community. "It's a great place 
for students to get to know other cultures and become culturally aware," 
senior nursing major and club president Hannah Gordon said. 

The members held monthly meetings to plan events and listen to guest 
speakers. The club also dined at various authentic ethnic restaurants once 
a month. 

International Club's two biggest events took place during the spring 
semester. The club teamed with Birmingham's Black Heritage Association 
to host Soul Sessions. The event featured an open mike, soul food and 
international food in Harry's. Celebration of Cultures Week got the entire 
campus involved with speakers, international movies, ethnic food and 
music in the Caf and a drum circle. 

The club also sold Sojourns' Fair Trade products and joined with Swing 
Kids to host a Salsa dance party. 

International Club had changes during the year as well. The club rear- 
ranged the leadership to include a president, vice president and an activi- 
ties committee. Members also appealed to the university for a budget to 
hold larger campus awareness events. Lastly, the club made efforts to join 
forces with the Black Heritage Association and got more missionary kids 

"More than anything," Gordon said, "the International Club provides a 
group to hang out with and eat different food with. You don't have to be 
an international student to be a member. You just have to have an interest 
in other cultures." 


Delta Omicron 

by Melissa Poole 

Photo: Courtesy of Delta Omicron 

Spread: Austin Richardson 

What happened when a group of girls got together with two major 
components in common^ Delta Omicron! Delta Omicron is the female 
music fraternity at Samford. This group of young ladies shared a passion 
for music and spending time together. Whether it was bonding at socials, 
attending events or promoting each member's talent, Delta Omicron was 
there in full force representing Samford. Delta Omicron sought to high- 
light and bring a greater appreciation for all types of performing arts. Each 
member held a special and specific talent and knowledge of fine arts. 

Like any other sorority, Delta Omicron leadership was elected by its 
members. The goals of these leaders were to promote the organization and 
encourage a strong showing on Samford's campus. These girls succeeded in 
making Samford a more musical environment. 


Black Heritage Association 

by Melissa Poole 
Photo: Jupiter Images 
Spread: Austin Richardson 

"WHYv'' This one little word carries so much weight and has an enor- 
mous amount of meaning. Why are we the way that we are^ This question 
is one that the Black Heritage Association sought to answer. This passion- 
ate group of students developed an organization that was devoted entirely 
to honoring and learning about African American history and culture. 

This group of students led by President Tyran Lewis, delved into the 
history of this race and culture to better educate the public while learning 
at the same time. This group took immense pride in what they discovered 
and realized this culture and heritage had a lot of pride as well. The goal 
of this organization was to display that pride through many activities and 
events throughout the year. 


Swin2 Kids 

by Caroline Bell 

Illustration and Spread: Austin Richardson 

How much fun is dancing in the street. . . especially when you're good 
at it' That's exactly the point of Samford's Swing Kids Organization: 
have fun, dance and take it to the streets. Well maybe not the streets 
exactly; but the organization strives to bring the Samford community and 
even those outside Samford's walls together through the fun hobby of 
swing dancing. 

The organization meets regularly and works on swing dance tech- 
niques. Moves are perfected and performed within the company of other 
swing enthusiasts; and the music of old timey crooners such as Frank 
Sinatra can be heard over the speakers as the swing crew laugh, enjoy and 
dance their way through an evening. 

Swing Kids is just one of the many different kinds of organizations that 
Samford offers. So if you ever feel like taking on a new, fun and unique 
hobby Swing Kids might just be the place for you. Besides, who can resist 
a little Frank Sinatra^ 


A Christian Huddle 

by Bennett Sumner 

Photo: Courtesy of Fellowship of Christian Athletes 

Spread: Austin Richardson 

Our culture is incredibly influenced by sports. This year alone, more 
than 93 million people watched the Super Bowl, elevating Colt's coach 
Tony Dungy and quarterback Peyton Manning to the position of all-time 
sports heroes. We are fascinated by athlete icons like Serena and Venus 
Williams and Tiger Woods, and we sit on the edge of our seats during the 
Olympics to watch Michael Phelps swim the 400 IM. 

Each of these athletes has a profound impact on their fans, who not 
only study their sport but also their lives. In 1954, a man named Don 
McClanen recognized the publicity power of sports and used this as the 
foundation for a Christian ministry called Fellowship of Christian Athletes. 

FCA's mission is, "to present to athletes and coaches and all whom they 
influence the challenge and adventure of receiving Jesus Christ as Savior 
and Lord, serving Him in their relationships and in the fellowship of the 

The ministry has grown to hundreds of thousands of members and is 
active in professional, college, high school and junior high sports. Each 
school or organization has its own club or 'huddle group.' The huddles are 
broken into team bible studies which encourage members to grow together 
in their study of scripture. 

Samford's FCA is active in giving Christian athletes the opportunity to 
meet together weekly and share their experiences as student athletes. 

"The meetings are on Tuesdays, and we share testimonies and prayer 
requests." head strengths coach Thomas Rohling said. "It's a great place 
for Christians to hold each other accountable and for non-Christians to be 
exposed to the faith." 


College Democrats 

by Melissa Poole 

Photo: Courtesy of College Democrats 

Spread: Austin Richardson 

"The spot of blue in a sea of red." This slogan describes the Samford 
chapter of college democrats well. Even though they are a small group, the 
college Democrats had a goal to raise awareness and support for this strong 
political party. Through efforts to pass out information and educate unde- 
cided Samford students, the College Dems sought to engage and encourage 
young people to participate in the political world by becoming more aware 
of the issues. 

This group of students did not focus so much on one particular can- 
didate as much as they sought to focus on the values and beliefs of the 
Democratic Party as a whole. Volunteer work, information distribution and 
event attendance are just a few of the ways this organization promoted 
their efforts. 


Rising Republicans 

by Bennett Sumner 

Photo: Courtesy of College Republicans 

Spread: Austin Richardson 

Founded in 1892, College Republicans is the nation's oldest and largest 
political youth association. Serving as the grass roots arm of the Repub- 
lican party, the organization works "to help elect Republicans, to support 
the President's agenda and to prepare future leaders of the Party," according 
to their national goals. 

College Republicans serves to educate students about Republican ideals. 

"We work to promote Republican ideas, but more than that, we want 
to help people become informed voters," sophomore business major and 
Secretary of State for College Republicans of Alabama Patrick Baggett said. 

College Republicans are organized on the national, state and local lev- 
els, allowing students to get first hand experience in all levels of politics. 

"This summer, I worked for my state senator," Baggett said. "I was able 
to help him with his strategy and communication." 

This year at Samford, College Republicans brought in speakers, orga- 
nized students to help with elections and gave out sweet tea to promote 
the Republican platform. 

"We sent some people out to work on campaigns and go door to door," 
Baggett said. "Also, we invited the state treasurer to come and speak." 

However, the club was not as involved on campus as they plan to be in 
the future. 

"We're going to get cracking in the fall, especially since it's an election 
year," Baggett said. "We're going to have more events to get our ideas out 
there. Students need to be informed and realize that their opinion counts." 




To some, graduation feels like the end. 
The end of long nights studying and the end of long 
nights with friends. But you're finally stepping out of 
the "Bubble" and into the "real world." What's exciting 
is that it's only the beginning. 





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